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MASSIVE WIN: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Elon Musk in Class Action Lawsuit by Laid Off Ex-Twitter Employees

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Following his acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk laid off a large number of the social media platform’s workforce and some that were let go from the company sued claiming there was not adequate notice given.

A San Francisco federal judge recently ruled in favor of Musk ordering the former Twitter employees to drop their class action lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled that the “Ex-Twitter workers will have to pursue their claims in individual arbitration rather than through a class-action lawsuit,” Bloomberg reported.

Following the ruling, Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the legal representative of the class action lawsuit, claims that the judge’s ruling actually favors her clients saying, “Insisting that workers file claims one by one has backfired for many companies our firm has taken on.”

“These companies think they can make employees just go away and not assert their rights by using arbitration clauses, but we have made them sorry about what they wished for,” Liss-Riordan continued.

“We anticipated this and that’s why we have already filed 500 individual arbitration demands – and counting. This is not a win for @elonmusk. Twitter still has to answer claims in court, on top of the arbitration battles,” the attorney tweeted. 

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Prior to the ruling Liss-Riordan said, “Now that the severance agreements have been sent to employees, Elon Musk has proven us correct: Twitter is in fact trying to shortchange employees and break promises. Musk’s decision to fleece Twitter workers isn’t just shameful – it’s also going to be very costly. These claims will be extraordinarily expensive and time-consuming for Twitter to defend,” according to Business Insider.

After laying off a large portion of Twitter’s workforce Musk received immense criticism to which he responded the only way he could, logically.

“Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone [who] exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required.”

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