Comcast Technology Center in Aspen, Colorado, has closed down, the company announced on Thursday.
The move was announced in a statement from Comcast on its website.
“Comcast is very proud to announce that our Aspen Technology Center has closed,” the statement reads.
“We thank our community and the Aspen community for all of the support you’ve shown us through this journey.
It’s been an honor to have such a great community support for us over the years.”
Comcast has been in business since 1977 and now has about 4,000 employees across the country.
It also provides technology support for local governments.
The Aspen Tech Center opened in 2009 and hosted events for students, businesses, and government agencies, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Comcast employees, however, say they were not able to participate in the annual Aspen Open House, which was held in the center’s auditorium on the third Friday of every month.
“I’m really sorry to say that our event is not going to happen this year,” one former employee told BuzzFeed News in January, after the organization announced the closure.
Comcast’s announcement came after the company was accused of discriminating against employees of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and after Comcast was forced to admit that it discriminated against employees by terminating their contracts for violating a nondiscrimination policy.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Comcast in April, alleging that it unlawfully fired two employees and refused to refund or reimburse them for their severance packages.
“This is a devastating blow to the entire Aspen tech community,” the ACLU wrote in its lawsuit.
“While Comcast’s decision to close the Aspens is sad, the loss of these employees’ jobs will be felt for years to come.
We will be closely monitoring the progress of the Aspire and other local tech communities and working with local and national advocacy groups to ensure they are able to survive this devastating blow.”
Comcast said that it has not given up on its efforts to expand in the area and said it would continue to work with Aspen residents and businesses.
“It’s a tough time for Aspen because we’ve lost a lot of employees, but we’re not going away,” Comcast spokesman Mark Fiedler told BuzzFeed.
“The Aspire has been a fantastic community that has been an inspiration to us and we will continue to support that as well.”
Comcast’s move comes after a similar incident last year, when Comcast fired employees at the local group’s Boulder office and then took their severances, BuzzFeed News reported.
The Boulder office was a local nonprofit with about 700 employees.
In July, the Boulder City Council voted to fire three employees, including two former employees, for refusing to participate.
The council also passed a resolution in June that said it will consider terminating the Aspect of the City’s contract with Comcast.
The City Council also said that Comcast should pay its severance, which is $200,000.
The two former staffers said in a joint statement that they were “disappointed in the actions of Comcast” and that the company should “immediately apologize to them and their families.”