Walt Disney Co. is laying off 28,000 U.S. employees

By Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Business News

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney Co. revealed Tuesday it is laying off 28,000 U.S. employees, including some at Walt Disney World.

Josh D'Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said the layoffs are happening as the coronavirus has hurt business, and because California has not lifted restrictions for Disneyland to reopen.

"We have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels," D'Amaro said in a news release.

Disney could not immediately provide a breakdown for how many employees are losing their jobs at Disney World.


Of the 28,000 employees, about 67% are part-time employees, D'Amaro said, adding the cuts will be across the board affecting executive, salaried, and hourly jobs.

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