Twitter Layoffs & the WARN Act
Did the Social Media Giant Violate State and Federal Law When Laying Off Employees?
Enacted in 1988, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act protects certain workers from being laid off without advance notice. In general, it requires employers with over 100 employees to give 60 days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff. While not all closings or layoffs are covered, many are triggering protections under the WARN Act. Twitter employees argue that the company violated federal law by laying them off without notice.
At Levin & Nalbandyan, we represent workers who have had their rights violated by their employers. Our award-winning legal teams have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you have been laid off without notice or unlawfully terminated, contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
What Is the WARN Act?
The WARN Act, or the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, is a federal law that protects workers from being laid off without adequate notice. The WARN Act applies to companies with 100 employees or more, not counting employees who work less than 20 hours on average each week or those who have worked for under six months in the past year.
Employers covered under the WARN Act include:
- Private, for-profit employers
- Private, nonprofit employers
- Certain public and quasi-public entities
Employees protected under the WARN Act include hourly, salaried, managerial, and supervisory employees. Business partners are not entitled to protections under the federal statute.
Did Twitter Violate the WARN Act with Layoffs?
Twitter announced a mass layoff of approximately 50% of its workforce. Aggrieved employees have filed a lawsuit against the social media company. The plaintiffs allege that Twitter violated state and federal law by not providing adequate notice to employees.
Reports suggest that employees were notified that their layoff was effective immediately and did not follow the 60-day notice requirement under the WARN Act. In addition to the federal law, many states have statutes that may provide additional protections to workers.
What Should a Twitter Employee Do If They Were Laid Off?
If you are laid off without notice, you might be entitled to file a claim for damages based on a WARN Act violation. It is vital to act quickly as you may only have a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit. Many times employees involved in a mass layoff can come together to form a class-action lawsuit.
To learn more about your rights after an unlawful layoff, you need an attorney well-versed in employment law. At Levin & Nalbandyan, we have decades of combined experience helping employees obtain justice after unfair dismissal.
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