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Cruelest Cut: Weight Watchers' Workers Say They Were Fired In Zoom Meeting

A Weight Watchers
A Weight Watchers studio. ( Kristoffer Tripplaar/ AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2020 04:46 PM EDT

Fired Weight Watchers employees are claiming as many as 4,000 workers got the axe during a five-minute Zoom call last week.

The Daily Mail reported the company now called WW — whose most famous partner is Oprah Winfrey — confirmed it was letting go of an undisclosed number of staff in the wake of studio closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

The fired workers have gone online to vent — some say the number of cuts was as high as 4,000 people — with the site The Layoff first reporting the grim trims May 14.

According to some entries, workers were asked via email to attend a mandatory phone call where they were read a script telling them of the layoff — and then were muted so they couldn’t ask questions.

“This is supposedly a Wellness Company. Wellness is both mental and physical, and this was abject callous cruelty,” one person wrote. “Asking us to keep the “conversation” confidential? How is something a conversation when it is a script that you are not able to reply to, due to being muted?”

Weight Watchers has said it was taking the opportunity to reassess how it uses studio spaces as it begins to re-open after the nationwide lockdown, the Daily Mail reported.

In a statement to the news outlet, Weight Watchers International said, “As the COVID-19 crisis has forced the closure of our physical studios around the world, we have had to make some difficult decisions that have directly impacted the lives of some of our valued team members.”

“With the accelerated growth of our digital offerings in both our WW app and the launch of Virtual Workshops, we are taking this time to look at our real estate footprint as we begin to safely and cautiously re-open our WW Studios,” it said. “These are challenging but necessary moves to best prepare us for the future as we continue to support our members and meet them where they need us most.”

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Fired Weight Watchers workers are claiming as many as 4,000 workers got the axe during a five-minute Zoom call last week...
WeightWatchers, coronavirus, jobs
Friday, 22 May 2020 04:46 PM
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