Jeffree Star forced to shut down his warehouse due to coronavirus
17 March 2020, 12:06
Jeffree has agreed to pay his staff a full salary while the warehouse is closed.
Jeffree Star has revealed that he has allowed his entire office to have time off from work on full pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Current NHS advice encourages self-isolation if you believe you have coronavirus symptoms or are at risk, otherwise it's advised to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the virus, which has killed over 7,000 people worldwide. That includes working from home when possible and avoiding using public transport unless absolutely necessary.
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Jeffree Star, who runs several successful businesses including Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Killer Merch, said that he would have a few of his staff members working on paperwork but his warehouse staff would not be working.
Speaking on Instagram Stories on March 16, he said: "The whole warehouse is off today. Um, I'm not playing games. My employees are getting motherfucking paid, other employers that are being shiesty you're going to be fucked when this virus is over in a couple of weeks and you have no loyal employees – it's fucked up.
"So some of these corporations need to step it the fuck up. If you work somewhere where they're playing you, it breaks my heart and I'm so sorry. It's horrifying. As a boss, I can't fathom doing that to my employees or anyone."
This is an incredibly impressive business decision from Jeffree, especially considering that companies like Virgin Atlantic (owned by billionaire Richard Branson) have asked staff to take eight weeks of unpaid leave over the next three months to "drastically reduce costs without job losses".