Instacart Is Under Fire for Laying Off Workers in the Midst of Pandemic

By Sheridan Fifer

Though demand for its services has skyrocketed during these months of pandemic, Instacart recently announced its decision to lay off 2,000 workers, including 10 who joined a union in February. The announcement met with criticism from labor advocates, who pointed to the risks run by the frontline workers delivering groceries for Instacart during the coronavirus pandemic and called the decision to let 2,000 of them go "simply wrong." Instacart cited some of its retail partners' operational changes as the reason for the layoffs and promised to help the affected workers find new jobs. 

Instacart said in a blog post Tuesday that it was eliminating the positions because some of its partner stores are switching to a model where their own employees will select the groceries that are then delivered to customers homes.

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