A judge has ordered a group of fired Twitter employees to drop their class action lawsuit against the company, which accuses Twitter of failing to follow through on its promised severance package, as reported earlier Bloomberg and Reuters. In a ruling released Friday, U.S. District Judge James Donato said the workers should instead plead their case in private arbitration, citing the employment contract they signed with Twitter.
According to the ruling, Twitter’s contract “expressly” states that arbitration is not mandatory and also provides employees with the option to opt out of the proceedings. The judge says the employees did not opt out of arbitration, which would have given them a chance to settle things in court. Twitter’s contract also contained a class action waiver, the decision notes.
“Twitter provided signed copies of the agreements, and they’re all plain and simple.” While five of the employees “are sentenced to arbitration on an individual basis”, the judge will later decide what to do with the three other employees who joined the action in December and specify that they withdrew from the employment agreement. arbitration.
The group of former Twitter employees first filed the class action lawsuit in November and accused Twitter of failing to provide adequate notice before being terminated in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). , which requires employers to provide 60 days of company-wide layoff notice. They later amended the complaint to include allegations that Twitter breached its contract by not providing the severance pay they were owed.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney representing Twitter employees, responded to the ruling in a post on Twitter. “We anticipated this and that is why we have already filed 500 individual arbitration requests – and counting,” writes Liss-Riordan. “Not a win for @elonmusk. Twitter still has to respond to claims in court, in addition to arbitration battles.