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Bird employees say they were locked out of their email and Slack accounts as they were told their jobs were gone

Bird employees say they were locked out of their email and Slack accounts as they were told their jobs were gone
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Last week, electric scooter company Bird shocked hundreds of employees in a minutes-long Zoom call informing them that they had been laid off.




Although the company stressed that the call's setup — hosted by an unidentified Bird executive, with the participant list obscured — was in order to ensure employee privacy, it has drawn backlash from those laid off.




Some Bird employees began to get locked out of their email and Slack accounts as the call was underway, according to a report about the layoffs from dot.LA's Ben Bergmen.




Although employees would be unable to clear their desks amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company is still sending out boxes for them to retrieve laptops, chargers, and company badges, the report says.




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Last week, electric scooter company Bird shocked hundreds of employees in a minutes-long Zoom call informing 30% of its workforce that their jobs had been cut.
Although the company stressed that it had set up the online call with video turned off and the participant list obscured in order to ensure employee privacy, the company's method has drawn fire from those laid off.
For one thing, the morning call, hosted by an unidentified Bird executive, lasted somewhere around 2 minutes rather than the 30 minute-block booked by the calendar invite to the call. Employees stared for several minutes at a dark grey on-screen slide that said only "COVID-19" before being greeted by the mysterious voice, according to a report from dotLA's Ben Bergmen.
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