The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of California on Thursday 3 November as news broke of an impending wave of mass layoffs to follow on Friday. The layoffs come as part of a plan by Elon Musk, the social media platform’s new owner, to reduce costs by cutting 3,700 employes, amounting to half of its total workforce.
Numerous Twitter employees took to the social media site to post that they had discovered they were fired upon realising they could no longer log into their work email accounts or laptops.
Emmanuel Cornet and other plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit claim that their termination came without proper written notice, constituting a violation of US and California law.
Since the wave of mass layoffs was launched, Twitter has asked dozens of sacked employees to return. Some were allegedly let go by mistake, while others were determined to possess knowledge necessary for the implementation of new features planned by Musk.