[San Francisco, CA] Gap, the iconic San Francisco-based clothing retailer, announced that it is planning to lay off a significant number of its workforce in the city.
This latest round of layoffs comes on the heels of the company’s decision to shutter 350 stores worldwide, including nearly 230 in North America, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company did not disclose the exact number of employees affected by the layoffs, but reports indicate that it will impact corporate employees as well as store workers.
In a statement, a Gap spokesperson acknowledged that the company is facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic and is taking steps to streamline its operations and reduce costs. The spokesperson also emphasized that Gap is committed to supporting its affected employees during this difficult time and will provide severance packages and other resources to help them transition to new opportunities.
The news of the Gap mass layoffs has been met with disappointment and frustration by many in the San Francisco community, where Gap has long been a major employer and cultural institution. Some have expressed concern that the company’s downsizing could have a ripple effect on the city’s economy and further exacerbate the challenges facing workers in the retail sector.
If you are a Gap employee in San Francisco who has been affected by these layoffs, contact Labor Law Advocates to learn about your rights and legal options.