September 29, 2023

A decide has ordered a gaggle of laid-off Twitter staff to drop their class motion lawsuit in opposition to the corporate, which accuses Twitter of not following by on its promised severance pay bundle, as reported earlier by Bloomberg and Reuters. In a ruling on Friday, US District Choose James Donato states that the employees should make their case in personal arbitration as a substitute, citing the employment contract they signed with Twitter.

In accordance with the ruling, Twitter’s contract “expressly” states that arbitration isn’t necessary, and in addition gives an possibility for workers to choose out of the process. The decide says staff didn’t choose out of arbitration, which might’ve given them an opportunity to settle issues in court docket. Twitter’s contract additionally contained a category motion waiver, the ruling notes.

“Twitter supplied signed copies of the agreements, and they’re all clear and simple.” Whereas 5 of the staff “are ordered to arbitration on a person foundation,” the decide will resolve at a later date what to do with the three different staff who joined the swimsuit in December and state that they opted out of the arbitration settlement.

The group of ex-Twitter staff first filed the category motion swimsuit in November and accused Twitter of not offering sufficient discover earlier than they had been laid off in violation of the Employee Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to supply 60 days of discover for company-wide layoffs. They later amended the complaint to incorporate allegations that Twitter breached its contract by not offering the severance pay they’re owed.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the Twitter staff, responded to the ruling in a post on Twitter. “We anticipated this and that’s why we’ve got already filed 500 particular person arbitration calls for — and counting,” Liss-Riordan writes. “This isn’t a win for @elonmusk. Twitter nonetheless has to reply claims in court docket, on high of the arbitration battles.”