After they were fired during Twitter’s mass layoffs, two former employees have sued the company alleging that women were targeted during the cutbacks last November.
According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco, 57% of women were fired compared to 47% of men when billionaire Elon Musk took over the web giant, The Guardian reports.
Remember, nearly half of the platform’s employees, or about 3,700 people, were thanked afterward.
However, the disparity is most pronounced in engineering roles, where 63% of women lost their jobs compared to 48% of men, according to court document estimates.
The suit thus accuses the company of violating federal and California legislation prohibiting gender discrimination in the workplace.
Regardless of their talent or contribution, the women had “goals behind their backs,” said prosecuting attorney Shannon Lees-Riodan when Elon Musk bought the company.
Other employees are also suing the company, alleging that it forced disabled workers to leave by enforcing a sudden return-to-work policy, including firing contractors without advance notice required by law and without compensation.
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