• While some employees were laid off by mistake, others had the experience needed for Musk's Twitter overhaul
  • A lawsuit was filed late Thursday, alleging that Twitter violated the WARN Act
  • Some claimed the layoffs were "skewed towards diverse employees," with people of color disproportionately targeted

Twitter now wants some of its laid-off employees back after a massive layoff round that resulted in the company's total workforce being cut in half, a new report revealed. The San Francisco-based social media company's new boss, Elon Musk, is looking to aggressively cut costs and make money after the tumultuous $44 billion takeover.

Dozens of employees are being asked to return to their posts as some were laid off by mistake, Bloomberg reported Sunday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Others whom the company started reaching out to after Friday's massive layoffs were found to have the experience and knowledge that may be needed in Musk's plans to revamp the platform, as per the Bloomberg report.

Twitter did not immediately respond to the request for comment by Reuters.

Musk has also not yet publicly addressed the company's supposed move of reaching out to some laid-off workers. However, he did address the backlash to the layoffs in a tweet Saturday by saying that "unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day."

The Tesla CEO added that all of the employees who left the company were offered 3 months of severance pay, which "is 50% more than legally required," Musk said.

Meanwhile, some observers and experts from the legal circle argued that Twitter should have given employees 60-day notice before they were removed from their positions.

Trial lawyer Lisa Bloom, whose Twitter bio states she is a "probable target for Twitter takedown," claimed she is "in contact with many Twitter workers who reached out to me about a class action lawsuit" after Friday's layoffs that affected thousands of employees.

Bloom cited the WARN Act, which, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), "helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs."

Hours after Twitter employees received emails about the layoff announcement Thursday, multiple employees filed a lawsuit for Twitter's alleged violation of the WARN Act.

"We have filed this federal complaint to ensure that Twitter be held accountable to our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly signing away their rights," Boston Attorney Shannon-Liss Riordan, who is representing the employees, said in a statement to CNN.

There have also been comments about the layoffs which allegedly primarily affected diverse employees. International Business Times cannot independently confirm the reports.

Investor at investment firm Innovation Endeavors, Amir Shevat, said that after speaking to "a lot of people" who lost their jobs at the social media platform, it seems the mass layoffs were "skewed towards diverse employees."

Bloom said the layoffs "seem to disproportionately target people of color."

Ever since Musk completed the acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 27, he has axed the entire board, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, and also announced that the new Twitter will charge $8 per month for accounts with blue checkmarks.

Illustration shows Elon Musk's photo and Twitter logo
While some employees were reportedly laid off by mistake, others had the experience needed for Musk's Twitter overhaul. Reuters