CDG Management, a New Jersey telemarketing business, is shutting down its Durham call center this month and laying off 41 people.
The company has suffered three consecutive years of losses and must resort to "drastic measures," according to the layoff notice CDG filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce. In CDG's letter, the company's human resources director asked the state to help the displaced workers.
"We hope that your agency will coordinate the services that will be required by the affected employees," the letter states. "All will be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, and many will need other social services as well."
Katherine DiGregorio, the human resourcesdirector, did not return phone calls.
CDG performs fundraising campaigns for police benevolent associations, veterans groups and other charitable organizations. The company's tactics have come under scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission and others who allege CDG exaggerates the amount of donations that go toward charitable causes.