On November 4, thousands of Twitter employees were reportedly laid off. One month later, two of those employees have returned to sue Elon Musk and the company. Led by attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, the duo claims that the company’s recent layoffs have disproportionately impacted women.
Filings obtained by the Associated Press claim that 57% of women who worked at Twitter were laid off in early November. In comparison, the lawsuit claims that only 47% of men who worked at the company were laid off. Digging deeper, the lawsuit claims that there were even greater disparities within the company’s engineering squad. The duo’s lawsuit claims that 63% of women who worked in engineering roles were laid off. In comparison, less than 50% of men in engineering roles were allegedly laid off.
“The mass termination of employees at Twitter has impacted female employees to a much greater extent than male employees – and to a highly statistically significant degree,” Shannon Liss-Riordan said.
“Moreover, Elon Musk has made a number of publicly discriminatory remarks about women, further confirming that the mass termination’s greater impact on female employees resulted from discrimination.”
With this lawsuit, Liss-Riordan and her clients seek to prove that “the richest man in the world is not above the law.” Musk nor Twitter have issued an official rebuttal to the claims put forth by Liss-Riordan and her clients.