Lyft Lays Off Employees, Reduces Salaries Amid Decreased Demand for Ride-sharing Services

Lyft Inc (NASDAQ: LYFT) has not been faring too well through the coronavirus pandemic. The American ride-sharing company has announced it has laid off and furloughed a significant portion of its workforce, in a bid to reduce its operating expenses.

In a recent regulatory filing, Lyft announced it has laid off approximately 17% of its labor force, in addition to reducing the base salary amount for remaining employees, effective for a duration of 12 weeks. The salary reductions are slated to begin in May, with a 30% salary reduction for those holding positions in executive leadership, 20% reductions for the company’s vice presidents, and a 10% reduction for all other employees that are still on the payroll. In addition, the company’s board members will also forgo 30% of their compensation in the second quarter.

According to the regulatory filing, Lyft is anticipating to be hit with anywhere between $28 million to $36 million in restructuring costs as a result of the layoffs. Those upfront costs are a significant reflection of employee benefits and severance pay.

Lyft has been hit with a sudden drop in demand for ride-sharing services, as consumers have significantly reduced their travel, opting to instead work from home and avoid unnecessary outings while the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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One thought on “Lyft Lays Off Employees, Reduces Salaries Amid Decreased Demand for Ride-sharing Services

  • May 1, 2020 9:00 AM at 9:00 am

    Yesterday it was Hertz. Today it’s Lyft.

    Turn on the printing presses. The economy can feel no pain.


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