11000 Meta employees were laid off, However, Not Everyone Received the Promised Severance Pay

11000 Meta employees were laid off, However, Not Everyone Received the Promised Severance Pay
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In addition to announcing several financial benefits for them, Facebook’s parent company recently announced the layoffs of up to 11,000 employees.

The tech company, however, does not appear to be providing everyone with the promised severance. According to reports, a few employees are dissatisfied with the severance packages they received after being fired because they were less generous than those received by others.

These employees are a member of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program which “help workers from diverse backgrounds obtain careers in corporate technology recruiting,” CNBC reported.

Such initiatives assist individuals without professional backgrounds in obtaining apprenticeships at Meta for many types of positions. In a recent round of layoffs at the organisation, more than 60 programme participants were let go. Meta recently revealed that it would be laying off thousands of workers and even confirmed that it would be paying all affected workers. In addition to 16 weeks of base severance pay, it promised to give two extra weeks of pay for each year of service. The tech behemoth added that Meta would cover the costs and provide health care assistance. Employees and their families are eligible for this offer, which is valid for six months.

The corporation, according to the workers, only provides three months of COBRA insurance and eight weeks of base salary. The individuals also alleged that the computer giant had not provided a justification for why they were receiving lower compensation despite being full-time employees as opposed to contract workers. According to the quoted source, some affected workers allegedly even wrote to the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to alert them to the reduced severance package and request that they rectify it.

In a letter, the group wrote, “Even our former managers insisted we were confused and that all the information they were getting was that we were offered 16 weeks of pay and 6 months of health insurance.”

They later added, “Leadership may not have been aware that the last SDP class, which began in April 2022, was repeatedly assured by their leadership that any potential layoff would not impact their current employment but would likely impact the company’s ability to consider them for a full-time role.” The group is yet to receive a response from the tech company.