Elon Musk will begin laying off Twitter employees on Friday morning, according to to a memo sent to employees, as several Twitter employees file a class-action lawsuit alleging the layoffs violate labor laws.
The email sent Thursday evening notified employees that they will receive a notification by noon ET on Friday informing them of their employment status.
“If your employment is not affected, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email,” reads a copy of the email obtained by CNN. “If your employment is affected, you will receive a notification with next steps via your personal email.”
The email added that “to ensure the security” of employees and Twitter’s systems, the company’s offices “will be temporarily closed and all access to tags will be suspended.”
The email concluded by acknowledging that it will be “an incredibly challenging experience to go through” for the workforce.
The memo comes after news reports that Musk had planned to lay off up to half of the company’s employees after buying it last week for $44 billion.
The class-action lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that Twitter is in violation of the federal Work Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after already laying off some employees.
The WARN Act requires an employer with more than 100 employees to provide 60 days’ advance written notice before a mass layoff “affecting 50 or more employees at a single workplace.”
“Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, has made it clear that he believes complying with federal labor laws is ‘trivial,'” attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement to CNN. “We have filed this federal complaint to ensure that Twitter is held accountable to our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly signing away their rights.”
Twitter had about 7,500 employees before Musk’s takeover.
Musk began his tenure at Twitter by firing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision.
And in less than a week since Musk acquired the company, the C-suite appears to have been almost completely cleared out, through a mix of resignations and resignations. Musk has also dissolved Twitter’s previous board of directors.
– Clare Duffy and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report