A judge has determined that laid-off Twitter employees cannot file a class action lawsuit against the platform or its new owner, Elon Musk.
US District Judge James Donato found that instead of filing a group action, employees seeking to file claims will have to do so through individual arbitration.
Friday’s decision was made in response to five employees who filed a lawsuit alleging that they were not given adequate notice before their termination.
According to a report from Reuters, the judge cited agreements the former employees signed with the company in his decision.
The report states that “the San Francisco judge left for another day ‘as warranted by developments in the case’ whether the entire class action lawsuit must be dismissed, though, as he noted three other former Twitter employees who alleged they had opted out of the company’s arbitration agreement have joined the lawsuit after it was first filed.”
“Last year, Donato had ruled that Twitter must notify the thousands of workers who were laid off after its acquisition by Musk following a proposed class action accusing the company of failing to give adequate notice before terminating them,” the report continued.
Approximately 3,700 Twitter employees were laid off after Musk took over the company, and hundreds have resigned.
“Twitter is also facing at least three complaints filed with a U.S. labor board claiming workers were fired for criticizing the company, attempting to organize a strike, and other conduct protected by federal labor law,” according to Reuters.