One WOMAN says she was forced to sell her home after it was deemed redundant just two weeks before Christmas.
Charlotte Tomlinson, 27, worked as a marketing assistant for 18 months at Nottingham-based Lockwood Publishing before losing her job.
The workers were shocked and had “no plans for the future” after being told they were out of work.
The 27-year-old only bought her home in Derby in April – but now she’s been forced to sell it.
She said she couldn’t leave the house because of the stress and that the company was “very blunt” in telling her she had been let go.
Mrs. Tomlinson said NottinghamshireLive: “I bought this house in April – and now I have to sell it.
“Ever since they told us about it, it’s been stressing me out.
“I can’t get out of the house, I can’t do anything because I’m in trouble.”
She added: “There was no transparency throughout the process because we never knew how many of us were going to leave the company.
“At first they said they were doing this for financial reasons, then they said they were changing the structure.
“It was very blunt, with no further explanation, and their answers as to why we were deemed redundant were never satisfactory.”
Another former employee, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “It was a nightmare.
“I’m suffering from depression and anxiety, I don’t take medication but go to physiotherapy once a week.”
Game developer Lockwood was founded in 2009 – and now the company has offices around the world, including in Portugal and Lithuania.
They have now been fired by union and Nottingham leaders for laying off staff too close to the holiday season.
A spokesperson for the Lockwood Union organizers, a division of the IWGB Game Workers Branch, said: “We are asking management at Lockwood Publishing to stop the illegal and illegal redundancy process. method and avoid costly legal and reputational damage in the process.
“No one should be fired by Christmas, especially when clear alternatives are available. Ultimately, we all want the same thing: we want an organization that thrives. that we are proud to work with.
“In order to do that, senior management at Lockwood has to start listening to their workers.”
Responding to the allegations, CEO Halli Bjornsson said: “The decision to cut staff is never easy. I know people have to quit is extremely difficult and I really regret it. because we had to make this difficult decision.”
“We had to refocus our strategy as our growth trajectory slowed through Covid.
“We’ve tried to protect the work of as many people on our team as possible and redeploy people where we can.
“To date, as part of our consultation, we have accepted nine voluntary redundancies. Seven others have been deemed redundant and have one redundant claim missing.
“We’ve reassigned five people to this role who threaten to displace other roles in the business; and we’ve accepted two counter-proposals, keeping those roles within the business.
“We have provided legal advice throughout, worked closely with our legal team and discussed with the IWGB Union, and we believe we have followed a legal process.
“I’m really sorry to see the team members leave Lockwood and I know this period will be difficult for those who leave and cause anxiety for those who stay. The difficult decisions we make. is to protect the future of the business and secure the role of as many people at Lockwood as possible.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17015813/woman-home-boss-redundant-christmas/ I’m losing the house I bought just 8 months ago when my boss made me have two weeks left over before Christmas