Following Elon Musk’s takeover of the firm, two women who lost their jobs at Twitter during mass layoffs are suing, alleging that the corporation unfairly targeted female employees for layoffs. According to the new lawsuit, Twitter fired 57% of its female employees compared to 47% of its male employees on Wednesday.
Following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, two female employees who lost their positions there are suing the company in a US court, saying that the abrupt mass layoffs had a disproportionately negative impact on female employees. Mass layoffs began a few days after Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, spent $44 billion to buy the social networking site. Around half of Twitter’s workers was informed on November 4 that they would be losing their jobs but would receive a three-month severance payment in exchange.
Two women have now filed a lawsuit in response to the widespread layoffs, which they believe were targeted directly at them. The lawsuit lodged in a federal court in San Francisco argues that 57% of female employees were let go, compared to fewer than half of male employees, despite the fact that Twitter employed more men overall before the layoffs.
According to the lawsuit, women were also disproportionately harmed since they “are more typically caretakers for children and other family members, and so are unable to comply with such requirements.”
Two former employees, Carolina Bernal Strifling and Willow Wren Turkal, brought the lawsuit on behalf of other female employees in a like predicament.
According to reports, Liss-Riordan reportedly stated that “the mass termination of employees at Twitter has harmed female employees to a considerably higher extent than male employees – and to a highly statistically significant degree.”
She also noted that Elon Musk had made a number of explicitly anti-feminist remarks, which “further shows that the mass termination’s higher impact on female employees was the outcome of discrimination,” she stated.
The layoffs continued into November; after the deadline, a huge number more left; and all remaining employees were offered the opportunity to depart with severance money or sign a contract vowing “very intense” effort, long hours, and loyalty to Twitter’s new direction.