Uber executive fires 3,500 frontline workers in ONE Zoom call as coronavirus decimates taxi industry – The Sun
AT LEAST 3,500 frontline workers were "immediately" laid off by an Uber executive in a three-minute Zoom call amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports say.
The shocking leaked video shows Ruffin Chaveleau, who heads their Phoenix Center of Excellence, laying off workers "effective immediately" via video link.
DailyMail.com obtained footage of the firing which saw customer service and recruitment workers around the US let go with allegedly "no notice" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In it, an emotional Chaveleau can be heard addressing thousands of workers in one simultaneous firing.
"Our rides business is down by more than half," Chaveleau told the thousands of workers who joined the conference.
"There is not enough work for many frontline customer support employees," she continued. "We are eliminating 3,500 frontline customer support roles.
"Your role is impacted and today will be your last working day with Uber. You will remain on payroll until the date noted in your severance package.
"I know that this is incredibly hard to hear," the Uber executive added, before thanking workers for their contributions to the company. "No one wants to be on a call like this.
"With everyone remote and a change of this magnitude, we had to do this in a way that allowed us to tell you as quickly as possible so that you did not hear it from the rumor mill."
The Sun has contacted Uber for comment.
This is the second such call Chaveleau has had to make on behalf of the company as a result of the deadly bug.
Back in February, the executive laid off 80 staffers when Uber shuttered its LA customer support office.
On Wednesday, a company filing showed 3,700 roles will be cut from its workforce globally, which works out to be around 14 percent of its 26,900 employees.
These cuts won't affect drivers for the most part, with the majority of layoffs targeted at customer service and recruitment workers – and more are expected.
"It was a 3,700-person live Zoom call," one disgruntled former worker told the Mail. "It was controlled. I would prefer to have had notice.
"The day before, we were told we would know in two weeks what departments would be let go.
"They gave us no notice. If I missed that Zoom call, I would have missed the news. We knew they didn't have the drivers' backs, but they don't have anyone's backs."
The laid off staffer acknowledged that the company sent them a severance package but said they're "treating us like they treat the drivers."
The employee claimed Uber taught them how to do unemployment claims for fired workers "and then the next day they fired us."
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