LGBTQ dating app Grindr has ended its work-from-home policy in the US, forcing employees to return to the office. And because so many people were hired remotely, nearly half of the employees had to quit.
At the beginning of August, Grindr announced that it would require its employees to return to the office for work. The policy gave employees two weeks to choose between moving to the city of their new office (to work in person twice a week) or leaving the company with a termination, according to the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
On Wednesday, the CWA said about 80 of Grindr’s 178 employees had had to leave the company by Aug. 31. Many of these employees were hired remotely and had to move to other cities to reach their new offices. The CWA also said the return policy was retaliatory and in response to an industry litigation at the company. Just two weeks before Grindr’s policy change, the majority of employees applied to form a union.
“Instead of recognizing the union, the company has issued a new return-to-office policy that requires employees to relocate or resign,” the CWA said in a statement. The union filed an unfair labor practice lawsuit against Grindr. A Grindr spokesperson said the guild’s latest claims were “baseless.”
The dispute highlights tensions between employers and employees over returning to the office more than three years after the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of employees to work remotely.
According to a survey conducted by the American Conference Board in the US in August, 73% of organizations reported that it was difficult to bring employees back to the workplace.
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