A week after Elon Musk took over, Twitter abruptly laid off half of its workforce on Friday.
Employees shared stories about finding out they had been kicked out of the company’s platform.
Sources told The New York Times that a man was in a meeting when he abruptly ended the call.
About a week after Tesla billionaire Elon Musk took over Twitter, the company laid off half its workforce, prompting employees to share stories of confusion and chaos about how it all went down.
Top executives were fired last week shortly after Musk took control, but the company’s mass layoffs began Friday after a company-wide email sent Thursday informed staff that some would be fired the next day. You will suddenly lose your job. Some employees found that they were fired not by a manager, but because they were. Killed Twitter’s internal systems or shut down their work laptops. without notice or explanation.
At least one Twitter employee was booted from the company’s system in the middle of the call about Twitter Blue, three sources familiar with the meeting said. The New York Times. The group, led by project manager Esther Crawford, was discussing updates about the subscription product and issues when a person dropped the call, sources said.
Musk has been criticized for how the firing was handled. Several former Twitter employees Filed a case In California on Thursday, Twitter accused Twitter of violating the WARN Act, a federal law that requires businesses with 100 or more employees to give 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs.
“It’s a master class in how not to do it,” Sandra Sucher, a Harvard University professor who studies layoffs, told the Times, noting that layoffs on this scale without a clear explanation. It is unusual to see “If you were going to rank order methods of upsetting people, telling them you were going to do it in advance without reason, that would be a particularly rude way to treat them. There is a human way.”
Rachel Boone, a former Twitter employee who is eight months pregnant, said He lost access to his work laptop. After hours Thursday night, Musk said layoffs were coming. Chris Yuni, another former Twitter employee, said that too suddenly Unable to turn on my work laptop. Or log into his emails around 3am on a Friday morning.
In a ___ Tweet, Musk said of the layoffs that the company had “no choice” because it was losing more than $4 million a day. He also said that each was offered three months’ severance pay.
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