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COVID-19: Uber Fires 3,500 Employees via Zoom

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Uber has Monday announced the sack of 3,500 employees due to the decrease in rides amid the coronavirus-induced quarantine, the company said.

The employees were laid off via a 3-minute Zoom call, according to a video obtained by the Daily Mail.

In the footage, Ruffin Chevaleau, head of Uber’s customer service, told 3,500 customer service and recruitment workers that they are out of work effective immediately due to the “difficult and unfortunate reality”.

He explained the company could no longer provide jobs for many of its customer service and recruitment employees.

“Right now, the rides business is down by more than half due to COVID-19”, Chevaleau said. “As a result, we are eliminating 3,500 front-line customer-support roles, or about 14 percent of ride-share-app’s work force”, she said. “I also wanted to deliver this news personally…”

According to Sputniks, last Wednesday, the company notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would be dismissing 3,700 of its nearly 27,000 employees due to the tough economic situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 4 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, including more than 285,900 deaths, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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