Company Reveals It Will Lay Off Workers Through An ‘Anti-Racist’ Lens

Company Reveals It Will Lay Off Workers Through An ‘Anti-Racist’ Lens


Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson announced on Wednesday that the technology firm would carry out a round of layoffs using an “anti-racist” and “anti-oppression” framework.

The publicly-traded company, which builds programmable communications tools, grew “at an astonishing rate” over the past several years, according to a letter from Lawson — a reality that necessitates a series of layoffs. As inflationary pressures and other economic bottlenecks propel the United States into a technical recession, other technology companies have likewise slowed hiring or decreased payrolls.

Lawson, however, informed his staff that Twilio is devoted to operating as an “anti-racist” company and that the layoffs were executed through an “Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppression lens,” because “layoffs like this can have a more pronounced impact on marginalized communities.”

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“This was tremendously difficult. For those impacted today,

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