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L.L.Bean cuts 200 jobs, will close Lewiston call center in 2021

The Maine Department of Labor said they are aware of the layoffs and will be reaching out to L.L. Bean to offer 'Rapid Response.'

FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean is eliminating 200 jobs company-wide, according to the Portland Press Herald. It will also close its Peck Building call center.

“We are going through the process of reorganizing certain areas of the company, and unfortunately that includes an employee count reduction,” spokeswoman Carolyn Beem told the Press Herald Tuesday. 

“As an organization in an ever-changing retail industry, we must continually adapt and invest so we can meet the needs of our evolving customers and position L.L.Bean for long-term growth. Part of that requires us to become a more nimble, streamlined organization.”

The Department of Labor issued this statement to NEWS CENTER Maine:

"The Department of Labor is aware of the layoffs at L.L. Bean. The Department will be reaching out to the company to offer Rapid Response Services for any affected employees. Rapid Response offers information about health insurance options and re-employment assistance, in addition to answering questions about unemployment benefits. Generally speaking, Rapid Response is individualized and based on what the employer and employee’s needs are. That can often mean holding a Rapid Response session in the local area, often at a CareerCenter or the place of employment, which affected employees can attend to get information such as how to apply for unemployment compensation and training opportunities. It could also mean working with the employer to distribute information to employees, or directing employees to their local CareerCenter."

We have reached out to L.L. Bean for comment. We have not yet heard back. 

We will be updating this story as more information becomes available. 

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