Observer lays off four staffers, including reporter who wrote open letter to Kushner: report

Observer lays off four staffers, including reporter who wrote open letter to Kushner: report

The New York Observer, the newspaper owned by Jared Kushner, laid off four employees Tuesday, Women's Wear Daily reported.

The four employees — a culture writer, a business and tech editor, a managing editor and a pop culture editor — were all laid off a week after Observer editor in chief Ken Kurson suddenly resigned.
 
Culture writer Dana Schwartz was one of the employees let go. She wrote an open note to Kushner over the summer, titled "An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees," after President Trump, Kushner's employer and father in law, tweeted out a controversial anti-Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE message that featured Clinton surrounded by $100 bills and wearing a six-point star that resembled the Star of David.
Observer writer Vinnie Mancuso also confirmed that he's searching for a job on Twitter.
"Like any other publication, the recent departure of its editor provides an opportunity to consider additional changes to ensure Observer's continued growth and future success," a representative for the Observer said in a statement.
 
Kushner left his position as publisher of the Observer in January to become a senior adviser to Trump.
 
—Updated at 4:27 p.m.