Video call layoffs were ‘unprofessional,’ hurtful, former employees say

HOMEWOOD, Ill. (WLS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of furloughs or layoffs from businesses of all kinds. In many cases, people are losing their jobs over video conferencing apps, like Zoom.

Experts say being laid off while working remotely is adding a new layer of stress for many people.

“Well, it was an audio only call, an audio only Zoom call, and they disabled your video, and they disabled our ability to speak,” said Homewood resident Nicolle Nordman.

Nordman was among a group of employees of WW, formally known as Weight Watchers, who was laid off this spring.

“The script said, you know, unfortunately, the COVID-19 has caused us to rethink our business, arrangement in our footprint in the community. And we have some jobs have been impacted by this unfortunately yours is one of them at the end of this call, you will no longer be an employee of Weight Watchers. And that was it. That was a three minute phone call. And just like that, just like that,” she said. […]

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