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Elon Musk will lay off Twitter employees later today

Elon Musk set to trim Twitter employees
Elon Musk set to trim Twitter employees

Image source: NY Times

Elon Musk buying Twitter continues to be a hot topic across several industries after the richest man took over last week.

The Tesla CEO has already stripped the company of its top executives, but now he’s looking to do the same with the current workforce.

The news

According to a memo sent to Twitter staff, Elon Musk will fire employees on Friday morning.

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

They claim the layoffs violate labor laws.

Musk’s email arrived Thursday night to inform employees that they will be notified at noon on Friday.

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 access to the badge.

The step is to ensure the security of the company’s systems and employees.

The memo comes after news surfaced about Elon Musk’s plans to lay off more than half of his staff after buying Twitter for $44 billion last week.


Twitter employees filed a class action Thursday.

They argue that the company is in violation of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after firing several employees.

The WARN Act requires employers with more than 100 employees to provide 60 days’ written notice prior to a mass layoff.

Additionally, attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who had filed the lawsuit, released a statement explaining 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 took over the social media company, Twitter has had around 7,500 employees.

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Other notes

According to two individuals familiar with the situation at Twitter, Elon Musk started his control over the company by removing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives.

The company’s C-suite is almost empty in less than a week from firings and resignations.

Additionally, Musk dissolved Twitter’s former board of directors.


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