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Mass layoffs sweep Sephora amid coronavirus pandemic


Sephora announced on Tuesday layoffs of a portion of its U.S. stores part-time and seasonal employees. Stores in the U.S. and Canada will also remain temporarily closed beyond April 3.

“We believe keeping stores closed is the right thing to do, but it means we have to make changes to our business, while keeping our employees informed of what the changes mean for them,” said Jean-André Rougeot, president & CEO of Sephora Americas in a news release. “Like many retailers with an extensive physical store business, there are tough decisions to be made to adapt to an unprecedented and uncertain environment.”

The company says terminated employees had only been with Sephora “for a short tenure and work limited hours.” 

Sephora: Stores closed on March 17 and are expected to remain closed until April 3.

Terminated employees were provided severance packages and additional resources to assist with their transition, according to Sephora. Resources include “coordination with companies that provide essential services and may be hiring at this time.” 

Sephore didn’t immediately respond to USA TODAY when asked for the number of staff laid off. 

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