Several companies urge uptown Charlotte employees to stay home

Several companies urge uptown Charlotte employees to stay home

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Uptown employees for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bank, Duke Energy and United Way have been told to stay home from work Thursday following Wednesday night's violent protests over the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a Charlotte officer.

Thursday morning, Duke Energy asked non-essential employees stay home from the uptown Charlotte location. "All non-essential employees and contingent workers are encouraged not to report to work uptown," the company said.

Wells Fargo also said Charlotte employees were not required to report to work.

"Due to the recent events and the declared state of emergency in Charlotte, Wells Fargo team members are not required to report to work Thursday, September 22," an email from Wells Fargo to its employees read.

A short time later, Fifth Third Bank called WBTV and said they are recommending their uptown employees to stay home.

"United Way employees are being asked to work from home today. Some of our partners reached out and generously offered us space, for which we're very grateful. That's how our city needs to move forward - proactively reaching out and inviting others in. Our windows are broken, but we are committed to this community's healing. In the face of these painful events, we are more resolved than ever to change Charlotte's direction and provide real opportunity for all," United Way said Thursday.

According to an alert obtained by WBTV, employees who work at the uptown offices of Bank of America should not report to work.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency following a second night of protests.

Mecklenburg County said Thursday their offices plan to operate on a normal schedule.

Wednesday night's protests erupted again with at least three civilians hospitalized and seven law enforcement agents injured as well.

State officials issued a state of emergency in Charlotte and deployed the National Guard in an attempt to quell the unrest.

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