(CNN) — Elon Musk will begin laying off Twitter employees on Friday morning, according to a memo sent to staff, and several company employees have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the firings violate labor law.
The email sent Thursday night notified employees that they will receive a notice by 12:00 pm Miami time on Friday informing them of their employment status.
“If your employment is not affected, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email,” read a copy of the email obtained by CNN. “If your employment is affected, you will receive a notification with the next steps through your personal email.”
The email adds that “to help ensure the safety” of Twitter’s employees and systems, the company’s offices “will be temporarily closed and access to all credentials will be suspended.”
The email concludes by acknowledging that it will be “an incredibly challenging experience” for the workforce.
The memo comes after news reports that Musk had planned to lay off up to half of the company’s staff after acquiring it last week for $44 billion.
A class action lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that Twitter is violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) after laying off some employees.
The WARN Act requires an employer with more than 100 workers to provide 60 days advance written notice before a mass layoff “affecting 50 or more employees at a single workplace.”
“Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, 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 for our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly giving up their rights.”
Twitter had about 7,500 employees before the Musk acquisition.
Musk began his Twitter tenure 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, his team of top executives appears to have been nearly emptied, through a combination of firings and resignations. Musk also dissolved Twitter’s old board of directors.
– Clare Duffy and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report