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SoulCycle Instructor Raises More Than $16,000 for Fired Staffers

Laid off employees take to social media to express shock over the shuttering of 20 studios.

People exercise during a class at a SoulCycle fitness studio. 

People exercise during a class at a SoulCycle fitness studio. 

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Former employees of SoulCycle are taking to social media and trying to raise money for laid-off co-workers after a recent round of studio closures.

Katherine Lutkowski, a Chicago-based instructor who was part of the recent cuts, has been raising money for other employees who lost their jobs after the company said two Chicago studios would soon be shuttered. Lutkowski shared one text she received on her Instagram page. “I literally have to file for unemployment now,’’ a former colleague wrote. “I will not be able to afford bills this month.”