BuzzFeed Laid-Off Workers — and Current Staff — Demand Company Honor Paid Time Off


Current BuzzFeed staffers and those just recently laid-off have signed an open letter demanding the company pay out the paid time off (PTO) workers had accrued during their tenure. They charge BuzzFeed of only paying out the PTOs of workers laid-off in the state of California, where it’s required by law.

BuzzFeed is refusing to pay out earned, accrued, and vested paid time off for almost all US employees who have been laid off,” the letter written by the BuzzFeed News Staff Council states. “They will only pay out PTO to employees in California, where the law requires it. We understand that in other states where BuzzFeed employees have been laid off, state law does not require you to do so. But employers absolutely can pay out PTO — and often do.”

Many BuzzFeeders have voiced their disgust on social media:

Because of their demanding schedule on some of the news teams, the people who were laid off  had, “saved up those days (or weeks) because they were so dedicated to their work, and, in some cases, felt actively discouraged from taking time off. They have as much of a right to those days as anyone else.”

“It is unconscionable that BuzzFeed could justify doing so for some employees and not others in order to serve the company’s bottom line,” it adds.

The open letter currently has 462 signatures.

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.