Due to Elon Musk’s layoffs, two women who worked at Twitter have lost their jobs. In a complaint, they claim that female workers were “disproportionately targeted” for termination.
Wednesday saw the filing of the complaint by Carolina Bernal Strifling and Willow Wren Turkal. According to reports, on November 4, 57% of Twitter’s female employees were let go, compared to just 44% of the company’s male employees.
The complaint claims that Turkal of San Jose, California joined Twitter in June of last year, while Strifling of Miami, Florida joined in June of 2015.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney who represents several former Twitter employees, has now filed a new class-action complaint.
The claim is somewhat supported by a recent analysis of who has been singled out for layoffs since Musk took over. Court records obtained by Insider reveal that it was concluded that women were more likely to have lost their jobs at a rate that rendered it very improbable that the dismissals were random or performance-based.
Since Elon Musk bought the company, Liss-Riordan said in an email to Insider, “Women at Twitter never had a decent shot at being treated fairly once Elon Musk decided to buy the company.”
“Instead, they had targets on their backs and regardless of their talent and contributions, they were at greater risk of losing their jobs than men. This is the fourth federal complaint we have filed against Musk’s Twitter and, because we know he thinks he is above the law, I don’t expect it to be the last.”
The argument also makes use of information that is freely accessible, such as court documents related to lawsuits brought against Tesla, another business owned by Musk.
According to court records, the lawsuit asserts that an examination of the recorded layoffs in conjunction with other complaints shows that women have been “disproportionately targeted” and that a greater number of women than men have departed the company.
A second discrimination claim by Liss-Riordan is directed against Twitter. Employees on or about to go on maternity leave, it was claimed, were dismissed at abnormally high rates. Insider assessed the alteration.