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More than 500 employees furloughed at Bowling Green's Fruit of the Loom

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Posted at 8:35 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 08:35:50-04

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WNKY) — As of Sunday, Fruit of the Loom announced that the company will furlough 541 employees.

This will affect employees at the brand store and the campuses at One Fruit of the Loom Drive and 675 Hennessy Way in Bowling Green. It's expected that this is temporary and will not last more than six months, according to a letter from Terri Wiethorn, the company's Chief Human Resources Officer.

“We are taking these actions because of the COVID-19 pandemic and national emergency, restrictions mandated by state authorities and COVID-19-related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable,” the letter reads.

If an employee is furloughed, they will still be eligible to participate in the company's benefit plans. However, they will not earn pay during that furlough period.