Elon Musk will start laying off Twitter employees on Friday morning, according to to a memo sent to staff, as several Twitter employees file a class action lawsuit alleging the layoffs violate labor laws.
The email sent Thursday evening informed employees that they will receive a notice by 12 p.m. ET on Friday advising them of their employment status.
“If your job is not affected, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email,” said a copy of the email obtained by CNN. “If your job is impacted, you will receive a notification with next steps via your personal email.”
The email added that “to help ensure the safety” of Twitter’s employees and systems, the company’s offices “will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended.”
The email concluded by acknowledging that it will be “an incredibly difficult experience” for the workforce.
The memo comes after reports that Musk had planned to lay off up to half of the company’s staff after acquiring it last week for $44 billion.
The class action lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that Twitter is in violation of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after previously firing some employees.
The WARN Act requires an employer with more than 100 employees to provide 60 days written notice before a mass termination “affecting 50 or more employees at a single job site”.
“Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has made it clear that he thinks complying with federal labor laws is ‘meaningless,'” attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the lawsuit, said. in a statement to CNN. “We filed this federal lawsuit to ensure Twitter is held accountable under our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly waiving their rights.”
Twitter had around 7,500 employees before the Musk takeover.
Musk began his tenure on Twitter by firing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executivesaccording to two people familiar with the decision.
And in less than a week since Musk acquired the companyits suite C seems to have almost completely disappeared, through a mix of dismissals and resignations. Musk also has dissolved The former board of directors of Twitter.
– Clare Duffy and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report