Twitter Inc told a federal judge in San Francisco that a lawsuit alleging the company violated US law by laying off thousands of workers without notice was without merit and referred the claims to arbitration.
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Monday’s court filing marked Twitter’s first response to the proposed class action lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month under a federal law requiring 60 days’ notice before mass layoffs.
Twitter has laid off around 3,700 employees – half of its workforce – and hundreds more have quit since Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, acquired the company last month.
On Monday, Twitter said it met its legal obligations by notifying the terminated employees that their last day would be Jan. 4, more than 60 days later.
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The company said a pending motion by plaintiffs to force Twitter to notify terminated workers before signing severance agreements was only confusing and delaying severance pay, and asked a judge to dismiss. Said for
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Twitter said in a separate filing that the plaintiffs signed agreements to resolve employment-related disputes and then referred the claims to individual arbitration.
Arbitration allows companies to avoid costly class action lawsuits, and business groups say it is cheaper and more effective than going to court.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan said Tuesday she was prepared to represent the workers in arbitration if the case was thrown out by the courts.
“Twitter’s response to our proposal is essentially that employees are bound by arbitration agreements, so Twitter doesn’t have to worry about violating the law. Twitter is wrong,” she said.
The company is facing two other proposed class action lawsuits in the same court that claim it discriminated against and discriminated against employees with disabilities by preventing them from working remotely after Musk took office. Faded away.
Twitter has not responded to these lawsuits.
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