Only one month After the new CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has overseen the dismissal of many employees, former employees of Twitter have announced that they are giving a decision on the resignation plans of the company. At a press conference with their lawyer Lisa Bloom, former employees of Helen-Sage Lee, Adrian Trejo Nuñez, and Amir Shevat said that the way the company suspended them violated the contract, and violated the California Employee Notice (WARNING). ) Do it.
There may be a few who have worked here, but Twitter could soon be hit with similar lawsuits and forced to pay fines that reach into the millions of dollars. Rafael Nendel-Flores, a California-based attorney, says the legal process for filing multiple lawsuits, which is likely a way to overcome the obstacles to a settlement agreement, will pile up on Twitter. “The fees alone can be huge,” he says.
That’s because employers, in this case Twitter, have to bear the cost of the solution. And having hundreds or thousands of lawsuits against them at the same time can be a huge financial and administrative burden for a company that is already suffering from a huge loss of advertising revenue. Each lawsuit can cost between $50,000 and $100,000, Nendel-Flores says. “That’s, in my opinion, the biggest pressure — that Ms. Bloom and maybe the attorneys for the other plaintiffs are going to try to push these lawsuits.”
Like most Twitter employees, Lee and the others signed away their right to a class action when they took the job through a settlement agreement that effectively shuts down all potential lawsuits. This means that if they have a problem with the company, everyone will have to discuss it individually. For employers, such a legal process prevents large-scale suits. But at Twitter, in the face of many disgruntled employees, it would kill a thousand people.
And Bloom’s customers aren’t alone. Last week, Akiwa Cohen, a lawyer representing a group of Twitter workers, informed the company that its customers, too, will file counterclaims if the company “does not unequivocally guarantee” that former employees will be given the full compensation that Twitter allegedly promised them.
“No one expects to go to work, especially a new job that makes you very happy, thinking that one day you will sue your boss or your boss will do the right thing legally. actions,” says Lee.
After Musk first announced the layoffs, a group of employees sued Twitter for violating the WARN Act, which requires companies to give workers 60 days’ notice. but the retrenchment of the retrenched workers is yet to be determined. Lee, Nuñez, and Shevat say the interest they were given by the company after the purchase was different from what they were promised before the takeover.