Bank of America is closing its uptown offices again on Friday, the second day in a row the Charlotte bank has told workers to stay home due to unrest over a fatal police shooting this week.
“As you know our community is facing challenges,” Charlotte market president Charles Bowman said in a note to employees. “Do not come to our uptown locations to work or retrieve laptops or other items. It is important that you continue to work from home or from your alternate work locations.”
Bowman said the bank, which employs 15,000 in Charlotte, hopes to return to normal operations on Monday.
The bank’s decision comes after Charlotte Center City Partners urged the city’s uptown to “return to business as usual,” even as major employers told workers to stay home and businesses cleaned up damage from late-night protests.
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Wells Fargo, which closed offices Thursday, “will continue to monitor the situation” but as of 11:30 p.m. Thursday it will be “business as usual” on Friday, Wells spokesman Josh Dunn said. Wells has more than 23,000 workers in Charlotte, its biggest employee hub.