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First Data lays off some of its Hagerstown employees

November 18, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- First Data Corp. is eliminating about 250 positions worldwide, including some at its Hagerstown location, as some internal programs are discontinued, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The employees affected were notified of the layoffs last Thursday, First Data spokeswoman Elizabeth Grice said.

Grice said she did not know how many Hagerstown employees were affected.

Companywide, the layoffs represent about 1 percent of First Data's work force of 25,000, she said.

The Hagerstown location employed 2,059 people as of February, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's 2009 Business and Industry Directory, which lists First Data as the county's fifth-largest employer.

The positions eliminated included management and nonmanagement positions, Grice said. Some of the layoffs went into effect Nov. 12 and others will be effective at a later date, she said.

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"As a global company, First Data must continually evaluate business needs and resources, and make adjustments when necessary," Grice said in an e-mail. "This is a rebalancing of our work force as business needs change."

All employees laid off will be eligible to receive severance benefits and outplacement services, Grice said.

"These decisions are never easy to make and we understand the impact on people's lives," she said. "We will do everything that we can to support the affected employees through this transition."

First Data Corp. is an information commerce company that processes transaction data for merchants and financial institutions. Its headquarters are in Atlanta.

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