Fort Collins Call Center Shut Down for Violating Stay-at-Home Order
Larimer County has shut down a Fort Collins call center for violating the county's stay-at-home order.
The Coloradoan reports that the company, called Qualfon, had been requiring around 150 or more employees to come to their south Fort Collins office, despite the fact that the employees could have easily done their work at home.
Larimer County officials launched an investigation into Qualfon and confirmed that the company was indeed going against the stay-at-home order.
Katie O'Donnell, a spokeswoman for the Larimer County Health Department, said Qualfon must shut down by Sunday (April 5) in order to avoid fines and other legal action.
She noted that the company seemed to be looking for "loopholes" in the county's order, which is effective until April 17.
Qualfon is allowed to have their employees start working from home.
According to The Coloradoan, company managers presented employees with 'safe passage letters' on March 26 in an attempt to keep them working despite the stay-at-home order.
Various employees told the publication that managers began falsely referring to them as 'critical infrastructure workers' in order to justify the letters.
The employees also revealed that they felt unsafe in the office, as many of them are older than 60 or have underlying health conditions.
Telecommunications and data centers are considered essential under the order, but these employees were only working in non-essential customer service realms.