On Tuesday of this week Twitter Inc. has hit with the second law suit in this month over the severance pay which it owes to its ex-employees. The estimated amount that the company owes is said to be at least $500 million.
A Claim Which is not Present in any other Suits for Severance Pay:
The Proposed Class Action suit was initiated by the company’s former senior engineer Chris Woodfield in the Delaware Federal Court.
In addition to the severance pay he also alleged that the company showed a bias during the layoffs and mainly targeted the old workers for layoffs. This claim is not present in any other cases filed for the same reason against Twitter.
Twitter’s Promises of giving Two, month Salary and other Payouts are not Fulfilled Yet:
The Former employee of the company, Woodfield stated that the company repeatedly told the employees that the laid off employees would receive a two, month salary and other payouts but he and his co-workers have not yet received such benefits from the company.
More than Half of its Work forces were Laid off as a Cost Cutting Measure:
Twitter had laid off more than half of its work force stating it as a cost cutting measure. This laid off was carried out during the takeover of twitter by Elon Musk on last October.
Twitter no longer has Media Relations Department:
After the takeover the company has no longer has a Media Relations Department and the company responded to the email seeking comment with an automatic response.
The company in response to the law suit stated that the workers who were laid off have been paid in full.
Law Suit by Wood field accuses the Company of Fraud and Breach of Contract:
Woodfield’s Lawsuit accuses the company for fraud and breach of contract.
And stated that the company targeted him to be laid off as he was a “old worker” of the company, but the complainant didn’t mention his age.
Wood Field Has Signed an Agreement to Arbitrate:
According to the Lawsuit, Wood Field has signed an agreement to arbitrate the work related, legal disputes. And it requires the Twitter Company to pay the initial fees to allow the individual cases to proceed.
He stated that he had initiated the arbitration earlier this year.
Wood Fields Accuses Twitter – “Blocking it from Going Forward”:
The complainant stated that the Twitter company has refused to pay the initial arbitration expenses and has blocked it from going forward by violating the agreement.
Twitter’s Response for Non-Payment of Severance Fee:
In Response to the Law suit the Twitter has stated that those workers who filed the law suit did not submit the necessary paperwork to the company
A similar Lawsuit was Filed Last Week:
A similar lawsuit was filed last week in the California Federal Court which stated that the company owes $500 million to its ex-employees, severance pay.
Twitter did not Respond to the Suit involving Violation of Federal Law:
Twitter did not respond and yet to respond to the lawsuit which alleges that the company has violated the Federal Law regulating the Employee Benefit Plans by failing to abide by the standards fixed for the severance pay which was established before Elon Musk’s Takeover.
Twitter is Also Accused of Laying off Women and Disabled Workers:
Twitter has been facing a series of Lawsuit from the beginning of this year for the major layoffs and other matters connected to it such as severance pay and bonus payments to the remaining employees.