A food delivery company no longer wants its employees to be, well, employees. Instead its laying off over 2,000 of them to switch to an independent contractor model, which will save the company money at the expense of workers.
“The Lafayette, La.-based food delivery company Waitr will be laying off 2,300 delivery drivers statewide on April 6 in order to restructure its employment model.
Dean Turcol, a spokesperson for the company, told WAFB the layoffs are an effort to convert workers to contract-based employment.
Waitr delivery drivers are currently paid hourly, according to Turcol.
Under the 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, companies are legally required to provide a minimum of 60 days notice of a mass layoff to affected workers, State Dislocated Worker Unit, and the appropriate unit of local government.
The company notified the state and its delivery drivers of the layoffs on Feb. 3.
Waitr currently operates in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans, and Shreveport.”
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