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Bankers Go Home, Tellers Stay: Virus Exposes Office Inequalities

  • JPMorgan struggled with coronavirus plan on teller questions
  • Fiat Chrysler and Gap among companies with split workforces
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Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

JPMorgan asked many of its roughly 37,000 employees in the New York metro area this week to work from home in staggered shifts to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Bank tellers, who account for about half its New York workforce, weren’t included.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV sent 14,000 mostly white-collar workers from its U.S. headquarters to work from home Thursday. Factory workers were required to show up at their plants, including one in Kokomo, Indiana, where a worker had tested positive for the virus.