Biltmore Hotel Workers Protest Employment Uncertainty
By edhat staff
Employees of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Montecito led a protest on Thursday demanding answers about their employment status.
Nearly 300 employees marched through Montecito, to the resort on Channel Drive, and to its owner Ty Warner's home holding signs and banners. Some read "Furloughed for Far Too Long" and "Shame on Ty Warner," while others stated the individual employee's years of service with some boasting over thirty years of employment.
The luxury resort, who employs over 600 people, has yet to reopen since closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even though a majority of local hotels have since opened their doors.
Employees are demanding the company and Warner inform them whether they will be laid off with severance or can go back to work as their access to their healthcare benefits were cut at the end of June. They say a lack of communication has led to mistrust of management.
A Biltmore representative stated employees are furloughed to allow them to keep their accumulated seniority states, benefits, vacation time, personal time off, and severance compensation when the hotel reopens, reports KEYT News.
The hotel's website states it is temporarily closed but does not have a date of reopening.