Disney Announces 28,000 Job Cuts, a "Heartbreaking" Decision

September 30, 2020

Disney said Tuesday that it was laying off 28,000 workers inside the U.S., according to The Los Angeles Times. This comes after a furlough for hundreds of employees in April because of the coronavirus. It was a "heartbreaking" decision, according to Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products segment. “As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business," he said in a memo. The company will speak with affected workers in the next few days. Sixty-seven percent of those who will be laid off are part-time workers. D'Amaro said they tried not to fire anyone, but "we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity.” He also blamed California for not lifting restrictions in place.