Create financial aid fund to support more than 2,800 workers, many of them Hispanic

Lakers, Clippers, Kings and the Staples Center lend a hand to affected part-time employees

The Staples Center has been left deserted.

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After the indefinite suspension of the NBA seasons on Wednesday and the NHL on Thursday due to the coronavirus crisis, one of the immediate concerns was the unemployment of thousands of part-time workers associated with parties.

The three affected teams in Los Angeles and the arena they play in are already doing their part to help those people, maybe most of them Hispanic.

Lakers, Clippers and Kings, franchises that share a house in the Staples Center, announced on Saturday the creation of a fund that provides financial assistance to hourly employees that are impacted by the suspension of the games.

The fund is designed to provide compensation for lost wages related to the famous angelina arena. At the same time, some NBA super stars announced generous donations with the same cause in their respective cities.

The statement indicated that payments will be distributed to more than 2,800 employees including ushers, security guards, ticket staff, parking attendants, merchandise vendors, food and beverage employees, cleaning and operations personnel, among others.

"Recognizing that the coronavirus It is not only a health crisis, but also an economic one"Organizations have come together in this unprecedented way to help the valued employees who work tirelessly to deliver extraordinary visitor experiences and teamwork that are the heart of the Staples Center," added the statement.


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