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Sephora Undergoes Mass Layoffs And Some Employees Were Told Over Conference Calls

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By Clark Sparky

Sephora laid off about 3,000 employees this week after announcing their stores will "remain closed until we can responsibly welcome back clients and staff, based on guidance from public health authorities." Company CEO Jean-André Rougeot explained the situation in a statement released this week.

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In the US, we have made the difficult decision to let go a portion of our part-time and seasonal store employee base. The impacted employees are ones who have been with our company for a short tenure and worked limited hours. They have all been offered severance and provided with resources to support their transition, including coordination with companies that provide essential services and may be hiring at this time," the statement read.

It continued, "It’s our sincerest hope that we are able to bring them back on staff in the near future. For our 9,000+ remaining US store employees, which represent the vast majority of our total US employees, we have been able to ensure they will be paid 100 percent based on average hours worked and existing health benefits through late May or until our stores re-open, whichever happens sooner. This includes all of our full-time store employees and licensed Beauty Advisors."

A Sephora employee in California named Brittney Coorpender went viral this week when she tweeted about being laid off.

"Sephora ruined our lives. Lol," she wrote. "Point blank period. Great conference call guys! Thanks for hanging up and not letting anyone speak. Thanks for breaking all our hearts. But 'beauty stands together' right? Sephora made a promise to take care of us. And just broke it."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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