Twitter has been hit by allegations from 100 former employees affected by the company’s mass layoffs, including unfairly laying off more women than men, and terminating employees who were on medical or parental leave and reneged on severance pay promises.
The allegations were included in the former employees’ claims to arbitration against the company, according to a statement by attorney Shannon Lees-Riordan on Tuesday.
Liss-Riordan is the same attorney who filed four proposed class-action lawsuits against Twitter by former employees affected by Elon Musk’s takeover. Arbitration requests are intended to assist workers who cannot participate in such litigation because of the contracts they signed with the company.
Claims in arbitration requests mirror those in lawsuits. Some also claim that Musk placed “unreasonable demands” on Twitter’s workforce in an effort to downsize its staff, according to the statement.
“Twitter’s behavior since Musk took over is unbelievably egregious, and we will pursue every avenue to protect workers and extract from Twitter the compensation they are owed,” Lys-Riordan said in the statement. She added that her company had listened to hundreds of former Twitter employees and had only submitted the “first wave” of arbitration requests.
“We stand ready to fight them one by one, on behalf of thousands of potential employees if it becomes necessary,” she said.
Liss-Riordan previously filed three proposed class-action lawsuits on behalf of employees with disabilities and laid-off contractors. Another lawsuit was filed by a group of former employees who accused Twitter of breaching the contract because it allegedly failed to live up to promises to allow remote work and offer fixed termination benefits after the acquisition.
Twitter, which recently laid off a significant portion of its communications department, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arbitration requests. Twitter has denied allegations of breach of contract in a lawsuit filed by former employees over remote work and termination, and has not responded to allegations in the other three lawsuits.
Liss-Riordan also filed three complaints against Twitter with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of employees affected by the layoffs.
The mounting claims by former employees come after Twitter terminated about half of its staff in a mass layoff last month, shortly after Musk took over. Musk later paid hundreds of additional employees, including requiring them to agree to an ultimatum to work “very hard” or leave the company.
The former employees suing Twitter scored an early win last week when a judge ruled in favor of their motion ordering the company to alert all laid-off employees of pending lawsuits before requiring them to sign termination agreements waiving their rights to litigation.
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