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Elon Musk set to trim Twitter employees

Elon Musk will take drastic action with Twitter's workforce
Elon Musk will take drastic action with Twitter's workforce

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Elon Musk buying Twitter remains a hot topic across the internet after the wealthiest man in the world took over last week.

The Tesla CEO has already stripped the company of several key figures, but now he wants to do the same with the current workforce.

The news

A memo sent to Twitter employees says that Elon Musk will fire employees on Friday morning.

The news comes after several employees filed a collective class action lawsuit against him.

They claim the layoffs are in violation of 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 on Twitter.

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The email

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.

The step is a security measurement of the company’s systems and employees.

The memo follows news about Elon Musk’s plans to lay off more than half of his staff after buying the social media company for $44 billion last week.


Twitter employees filed the class action lawsuit on Thursday.

They claim the company is in violation of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after Musk’s laying off of several employees.

The WARN Act requires employers that have more than 100 employees to give 60 days’ written notice of mass layoffs.

Additionally, attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the lawsuit, released a statement to elaborate on 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.”

Since Musk bought the social media company, Twitter has had around 7,500 employees.

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Other notes

According to two people familiar with the Twitter situation, Elon Musk began his control of the company by removing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives.

The company’s C-suite is nearly empty in less than a week due to layoffs and resignations.

Additionally, Musk disbanded the former Twitter board of directors.


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