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Elon Musk buying Twitter continues to trend in the online world after the world’s richest man took over last week.
The Tesla CEO has already relieved several key company figures, and now he is looking to do the same with the current workforce.
A memo sent to Twitter employees reveals that Elon Musk will fire employees on Friday morning.
The news follows several employees filing a collective class action lawsuit against him.
The employees argue that the layoffs violate labor laws.
Musk’s email arrived Thursday night to inform employees that they will be notified on Friday at noon.
The notification informs them of their employment status with the company.
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A copy of Musk’s email reads:
“If your employment is not impacted, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email.”
“If your employment is impacted, you will receive a notification with the next steps via your personal email.”
Musk’s email also states that the company’s office will temporarily close and suspend badge access on Friday.
The suspension is a security measure for the company’s systems and employees.
The memo follows news of Elon Musk’s plans to lay off more than half of the company’s staff after buying the social media company for $44 billion last week.
Former Twitter employees filed the class action lawsuit on Thursday.
They allege the company violated the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after Musk fired several employees.
The WARN Act requires employers with more than 100 employees under their supervision to give 60 days’ written notice of mass layoffs.
Additionally, attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the lawsuit, released a statement detailing the action.
“Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, has made clear that he believes complying with federal labor laws is ‘trivial,'” said Liss-Riordan.
“We have filed this federal complaint to ensure that Twitter be held accountable to our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly signing away their rights.”
Additionally, Twitter has had around 7,500 employees after Musk bought the social media company.
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According to two people who understand the Twitter situation, Elon Musk began his company ownership by removing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives.
The company’s C-suite is nearly empty due to massive layoffs and resignations in less than a week.
Additionally, Musk disbanded Twitter’s board of directors.
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