Former employees of Twitter have filed a class action lawsuit after the company’s new owner, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk, followed through on his plan to slash Twitter’s workforce.
In a company-wide memo Thursday, Twitter informed employees they would receive an email to their personal accounts if they were being dismissed.
- On Thursday, a group of ex-Twitter workers fired a class-action lawsuit alleging they weren’t given enough notice under federal and California law, Bloomberg reported.
- 3,700 employees, roughly half the workforce, will be let go as part of Musk’s plan to make the company profitable and reduce bloat.
HOW THEY’RE TAKING IT
Expressions of solidarity, and mockery, have been pouring out on Twitter, where the social media platform’s former employees have taken to venting their feelings about the cutbacks.
Simon Balmain, former senior community manager
Looks like I’m unemployed y’all. Just got remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Slack. #OneTeam forever. Loved you all so much.
So sad it had to end this way 💔
— Simon Balmain (@SBkcrn) November 4, 2022
Lindsey Kander, former human resources associate
Twitter human resources associate Lindsay Kander posted unprofessionally about herself crying uncontrollably in reaction to the #TwitterLayoffs led by @elonmusk. https://t.co/GAqOQ3oxNy pic.twitter.com/r2YAgZFMt2
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 4, 2022
Rumman Chowdhury, former director of software engineering
Has it already started? Happy layoff eve! pic.twitter.com/0AcaQjGJvm
— Rumman Chowdhury (@ruchowdh) November 4, 2022
Eli Schutze, software engineer
I got the email… I still have a job
but I stayed up last night watching hard-working, talented, caring people get logged out one by one and I don't know what to say.
(My colleague captured it perfectly) pic.twitter.com/dLCx0Ts0bb
— eli schutze (@elibelly) November 4, 2022
Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, senior software engineer
Release ya job, release the time 💙
After >2.5 years, my journey at Twitter is finally over. I'm incredibly proud of everything I was able to achieve in that time. I got promoted to Senior SWE, became a Tech Lead for Search and a lead for @Blackbirds [email protected]#LoveWhereYouWorked pic.twitter.com/mRwizte70A
— moyin 🇳🇬 (@moyheen) November 4, 2022
Yash Agrawal, former public policy associate
— Yash Agarwal✨ (@yashagarwalm) November 4, 2022
Rachel Bonn, content marketing manager
Last Thursday in the SF office, really the last day Twitter was Twitter. 8 months pregnant and have a 9 month old.
Just got cut off from laptop access #LoveWhereYouWorked 💙 https://t.co/rhwntoR98l pic.twitter.com/KE8gUwABlU
— rachel bonn (@RachBonn) November 4, 2022
Joan Deichtman, former senior engineering manager
Probably my last Twitter Slack message. The ML Ethics, Transparency, & Accountability team was one of a kind. Forever grateful that @ruchowdh took a chance on me and I got to be a small part of it. 🙏💙 #lovewhereyouworked pic.twitter.com/L6GtpGa5Hv
— Joan Deitchman (@JoanDeitchman) November 4, 2022
Elaine Filadelfo, former global head of data communications
End of an era. This is a brutal way to go after 10 years, but Twitter isn’t defined by last night. It’s defined by the culture *we* made, the lifelong friendships, how we supported each other, the damn good work we did along the way. You’re my people forever #LoveWhereYouWorked
— Elaine Filadelfo (@ElaineF) November 4, 2022
Anton Schulz, former senior art director
I’m crying. Not because I lost my job. But because of the love and support between all the Tweeps right now! Truly feel so fortunate to have had the chance to experience something so magnificent and special. #LoveWhereYouWorked
— Anton Schulz (@antonschulz) November 4, 2022
Will Bonnadio, former senior brand strategist
I wasn’t crying until the outpouring of love and support from friends, ex-colleagues and total strangers.
Heading to the library now to access a working computer and get back to as many people as possible.
Thank you all so much x#LoveWhereYouWorked
— Will Bonaddio (@wbonaddio) November 4, 2022
Lauren Pinnella Traylor, former onboarding support lead
Anyone else just crying in bed? #LoveWhereYouWorked 🥺😭
— Lauren Pinnella Traylor (@laur_tray) November 4, 2022