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Judge orders ex-Twitter employees dissatisfied with terms of termination not to use class action lawsuits against the company.

Published: 2023-01-16

Some of Twitter's employees who lost their jobs last year are trying to sue the company, which was taken over by Elon Musk in October. Large-scale staff cuts, according to various estimates, have affected from half to two-thirds of the staff. The Court ruled that all such disputes should be dealt with in individual cases and not in a class action.

If the court ruled in favor of the laid-off employees in the class action, it would allow all victims to claim the same terms of damages. San Francisco District Judge James Donato ruled on Friday that the five ex-Twitter employees seeking class action are to file individual claims against the company. According to the judge, such a decision is due to the presence of relevant clauses in contracts signed by employees when formalizing labor relations with the employer. The plaintiffs allege that Twitter management did not properly notify them of the upcoming cuts.

Lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said on Monday that it has already filed about 300 lawsuits from the dismissed Twitter employees, and is likely to file hundreds more such documents. The judge ruled that the company must provide them with a concise and clear notice of their rights before signing a compensation agreement with the laid-off employees, which implies the plaintiff's waiver of further claims against Twitter. At least three lawsuits have also been filed against Twitter by US regulators, in which the company is suspected of infringing on the rights of employees. The latter were allegedly fired for criticizing the leadership or trying to organize a strike.