Many employees posted on Twitter about their job cuts, including Moushmi, an engineering manager, who tweeted, “And after 6.5 years it’s coming to an end. This timeline hurts me tonight…
Some employees received vitriol, criticism and lighthearted comments from real accounts and trolls.
“Tweeps don’t deserve this,” Lum tweeted, referring to fired Twitter employees. “On the one hand, your own friends make light of the impending layoffs with the ‘I was fired from twitter’ meme. On the other hand, sheer vitriol of Elon’s followers who enjoy seeing complete strangers lose their jobs and insult us.”
While technical workers often receive higher salaries compared to workers in other industries, many Twitter workers also sought better working conditions for other people, Lum said.
“To all the people who pop up in tweeps’ mentions to enjoy the layoffs because we had it better than them, our good pay and humane working conditions haven’t diminished your ability to have that too,” she tweeted. “We weren’t hoarding those things; we want them for you too.’
Some employees were more optimistic, such as Yash Agarwal, who worked in the public policy team in India.
“I just got fired. Bird App, it was an absolute honor, the greatest privilege ever to be part of this team, this culture
Musk faces legal troubles
Twitter could face numerous lawsuits from employees because they weren’t given much notice about the layoffs. California, along with European countries such as the UK, Belgium and France, have strict laws governing the layoffs of workers and the amount of notice they must receive in advance.
Disgruntled former US Twitter employees have already filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. In the Nov. 3 complaint, the plaintiffs, Emmanuel Cornet, Justine De Caires, Grae Kindel, Alexis Camacho and Jessica Pan, accuse the company of failing to meet the legal notice period for mass layoffs.
Rachel Bonn was fired and declared she was pregnant. Situations like hers can lead to potential lawsuits against discrimination.
“Last Thursday in the SF office, really the last day Twitter was Twitter. 8 months pregnant and have a 9 month old. I just got cut off from laptop access
#LoveWhereYouWorked‘ she tweeted.
Musk defended the layoffs in a tweet late Friday, saying, “Unfortunately, when the company loses more than $4 million a day, there’s no choice.” He added that “Everyone who left was offered a 3-month resignation, which is 50% more than required by law.”