A Rollercoaster of Emotions: Meta Employee Fired Shortly After Giving Birth Shares Fear of the Unknown
The arrival of a newborn is an extraordinary moment that changes lives forever. However, imagine the overwhelming news of losing your job just hours after experiencing the joy of childbirth. This unfortunate turn of events occurred for a former Meta employee who received a pink slip shortly after giving birth to her baby boy.
Earlier this year, Meta announced plans to lay off 10,000 employees, but until now, only 4,000 had been informed of their impending job loss. On Wednesday, the remaining 6,000 employees began receiving termination notices, leaving lives across the globe profoundly impacted. Among the numerous LinkedIn posts sharing layoff stories, the account of this new mother captured our attention.
In her heartfelt post, she candidly expresses a whirlwind of mixed emotions, ranging from embarrassment and guilt to sadness and profound fear. Determined to share her story, she acknowledges that if she doesn’t do it now, she may never find the courage.
Announcing the joyous birth of her second child, a baby boy, she recounts the sequence of events leading up to the unexpected news. “Let’s start with the good stuff: We welcomed another baby last night! After attending work calls in the morning, my doctor urged me to go to the hospitalâ€‹ immediately. At 11:44 PM, our son came into the world,” she shares.
To her disbelief, a mere six hours after giving birth, she received an email notifying her of being part of the recent round of Meta’s layoffs. “Talk about a wild 12 hours,” she reflects in her post. The woman then nostalgically looks back on her journey at Meta, recalling how, two years ago, the company had granted her six months of paid maternity leave when her daughter was born.
However, this time, things are different. She wrote, “And as I was reading my separation agreement today all I could feel was immense guilt – guilt that he hadn’t even lived half a day and I was already shortchanging this little guy – our time would be cut short by me looking for what’s next.”