Sephora announced on Tuesday layoffs of 3,754 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."
"It is our sincerest hope that we are able to bring these employees back on staff in the near future," Sephora told USA TODAY.
Terminated employees were provided severance packages and support resources including "coordination with companies that provide essential services and may be hiring at this time."
Sephora continues to employ over 9,000 employees throughout its U.S. locations. The beauty store chain says all of its U.S. workers including full-time store employees and licensed beauty advisers will continue to be paid "100 percent based on average hours worked and existing health benefits" through late May or until stores re-open.
The company currently requires all of its U.S.-based store and corporate employees to take six days of paid time off.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mass layoffs sweep Sephora amid coronavirus pandemic