MGM Resorts to lay off 18,000 furloughed employees

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — MGM Resorts is laying off 18,000 employees—which is about 25% of its workforce.

The staffers have been on furlough since the coronavirus pandemic began back in March. After six months, federal law requires companies to send their furloughed employees layoff notices.

One MGM security guard says his faith is helping him stay strong.

“Unfortunately, we’re one of those people that come September 1st, may or may not be living in our apartment because we’re behind on our rent, but gotta stay strong,” said Gregory Casterline. “You know, I use my faith in God and that helps a lot. I get emotional about it because it hurts, but you just got to stay strong.”

MGM Resorts has the bulk of its business in Las Vegas, with a few other resorts and casinos across the United States.

The layoffs go into effect on Monday, Aug. 31, but the affected workers will keep their health benefits through the end of September.

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