Morning Coffee Jan 24 2012

J.C. Penney Lays Off Holiday Workers

By damian ghigliotty

J.C. Penney is cutting thousands of jobs, including seasonal and permanent workers, as it gets ready to unveil its new company strategy on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

The "vast majority" of the layoffs are seasonal hires, Rebecca Winter, a company spokesperson, told FINS in an email.

"J.C. Penney staffs thousands of seasonal hires across our more than 1,100 stores to help during the busy holiday shopping season. As is a typical practice in the retail industry, the temporary employment of these seasonal hires will come to an end," she wrote. She declined to say how many jobs will be eliminated in total.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer hired 35,000 holiday workers this year. The cutbacks include teams of permanent staffers, according to the Post. About 4,000 employees have taken early retirement since the summer.

In the last year, J.C. Penney has appointed seven new top executives including: a new chairman, chief executive, president, chief operating officer, chief talent officer, chief technology officer and chief financial officer.

Talk about a lot of new faces.

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Live Chat With Glassdoor (The Juggle)

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