Philz Coffee is laying off roughly 180 employees across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, management of the cafe chain announced to staff Friday night.
“The severity and duration of the pandemic has been worse than Philz reasonably anticipated, and the company now must proceed with layoffs it hoped to originally avoid,” the company wrote in a mass email to laid-off workers. The company said it had roughly 800 employees before the layoffs, which are scheduled for the week of July 15, in its cafes located in San Francisco, Southern California, Chicago, Washington D.C. and beyond.
The lost jobs come on the heels of weeks of turmoil for the Bay Area-based coffee chain, with more than 100 employees organizing to protest Philz’ handling of worker safety during the pandemic and skewering its reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. Staff posted anti-Philz leaflets across downtown San Francisco and circulated that messaging on social media.