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La. Workforce Commission to assist affected Waitr employees

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 16:43:48-04

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is hosting information and orientation sessions for workers who were recently displaced by recent Waitr layoffs in Lafayette, on Thursday, July 18, and in Lake Charles, on Tuesday, July 23.

The food delivery service laid off an undisclosed amount of employees on June 27.

Information covered at the orientation sessions include, LWC-facilitated re-employment services, re-employment assistance, unemployment insurance and job-search tools and materials.

The company tells KATC that the layoffs were due to areas overlap following their recent acquisition of Bite Squad. They say that no jobs are being outsourced. The layoffs were office personnel and not drivers.

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

Lafayette American Job Center
Thursday, July 18, 2019
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
706 East Vermilion St.
Lafayette, La. 70501

Allen P. August Multi-Purpose Center
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2000 Moeling St.
Lake Charles, La. 70601

The LWC's Rapid Response team serves as "first responders" when individuals have been laid off from a company. The Rapid Response team provides a host of services, including:

• Job Placement Assistance;

• Labor Market Information;

• Occupational Retraining; and

• Out-of-area Job Search Assistance.

To find out more about all that the LWC Rapid Response team can offer, please visit http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/WFD_rapidresponse.asp.

The LWC has a statewide network of 62 American Job Centers (AJC) ready to assist both employers and job-seekers with their specific needs. For an updated list of the LWC's AJC network, visit http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/B&CSC_Contacts.pdf.

"The LWC stands ready to assist Waitr employees impacted by the recent layoffs. These sessions are a vital resource, offering multiple services including job placement locally," said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. "The LWC's Rapid Response unit will continue to assist all Louisiana residents who are affected by circumstances outside of their control, and ensure they have any and all resources needed to re-enter the labor force."

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