A judge has ruled that fired Twitter employees cannot file a class action lawsuit against the platform or its new owner, Elon Musk.
Instead of filing a class action, employees who want to file claims must do so through individual arbitration, US District Judge James Donato ruled.
Friday’s decision was made in response to five employees who filed a lawsuit alleging that they were not given proper notice before their termination.
According to a report by Reuters, the judge cited contracts signed by former employees with the company in their decision.
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The report states that “a San Francisco judge left for another day whether to dismiss the entire class action lawsuit as ‘justified by developments in the case,’ although he also accused three other former Twitter employees of opting out. The company entered into an arbitration agreement after the suit was first filed.”
“Last year, Donato ruled that Twitter must notify thousands of workers laid off after the Musk acquisition following a proposed class action alleging the company failed to provide adequate notice before firing them,” the report continued.
Approximately 3,700 Twitter employees have been laid off and hundreds more have resigned since Musk took over the company.
According to Reuters, “Twitter is facing at least three complaints filed with the US labor board that allege workers were fired for criticizing the company, trying to organize a strike and other conduct.”