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Numerous former employees of Twitter are suing Elon Musk and Twitter for “illegal” terminations and failure to pay severance

More than a hundred former Twitter employees have filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk and Twitter over the company’s alleged unlawful and arbitrary dismissal of thousands of workers. In the past, a class action complaint was filed against the social networking platform, alleging discrimination against women in the workplace due to the layoffs.

Prior to the Twitter Layoffs, Elon Musk and the company were sued for discrimination against women. Additionally, Twitter has been accused of improperly handling severance payments. Source of Image: AFP

The latest lawsuits reaffirm previous claims that Twitter discriminated against women, persons with impairments, and employees on leave due to pregnancy or childbirth. Allegations of unpaid severance due from Twitter are included in the latest lawsuits.

Workers’ attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan said she had filed 100 arbitration requests against Twitter with allegations identical to those in four class action cases already proceeding in federal court in California.

Liss-Riordan predicted that employees would be disqualified from joining class actions since they had all agreed to resolve legal concerns with the corporation via arbitration rather than in court.

Musk, who spent $44 billion to purchase Twitter, enacted a cost-cutting move in early November by laying off around 3,700 workers, and hundreds more soon quit.

Twitter has been accused of unlawfully firing workers on medical and maternity leave, as well as sex discrimination, in the arbitration requests.

According to Liss-Riordan, her company has talked with hundreds of other former Twitter workers and plans to file more legal claims in arbitration on their behalf.

‘The behaviour of Twitter since Musk took control is extraordinarily heinous, and we will pursue every option to safeguard employees and obtain from Twitter the pay that is owed to them,’ she added.

Class action lawsuits allege that Twitter fired workers and contractors without providing the statutory 60 days’ notice, that it fired women at a higher rate than males, and that it fired people with impairments because it would not allow them to work remotely.

At least three complaints have been filed with a US labour board against Twitter, alleging that employees were dismissed for engaging in activities protected by federal labour law, such as criticising the firm or seeking to organise a strike.