Couple at Google were laid off while on maternity leave as part of mass layoffs, have a 4-month-old baby

According to a Business Insider report, a married couple at Google were laid off while on maternity leave as part of Google’s mass layoffs. Allie and Steve, high school classmates with 4-month-old babies, have worked with Google for the past six and four years, respectively.

Ally, a former Google marketing manager, went on parental leave in 2022 shortly after giving birth to his first child. Research Operations Manager Steve also took two months of parental leave at the end of 2022 and is ready to take another two months in March.

They both found out they were laid off under the mass layoff. The couple appreciated their colleagues and Google’s employee benefits, particularly its parental leave policy, which was a key factor in their decision to work with the company. Although the two didn’t meet often in the office, Allie said they were involved in Google’s bike program for employees.

Allie also said that many companies learned of the couple’s layoffs and contacted them for job offers, she said. The couple revealed that they were also entrepreneurs and would use this time to build White Cube Media, an illustrative video business they founded in 2014.

On January 22, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said it would lay off 12,000 people, or nearly 6% of its workforce. Many employees shared on Twitter the shocking ways they learned about the pink slip. To cushion the blow, the company provided health care, employment assistance and immigration services for six months.

Another eight-month pregnant employee, Katherine Wong, shared her experience of being fired days before the start of her maternity leave, even after “positive performance reviews.”

“The first thought that came to my mind was” Why me? Why now?”. It was difficult to process and digest. As someone with the right to take maternity leave for several months at 34 weeks pregnant, finding a job was almost impossible,” she wrote in a LinkedIn post.

CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday announced that Google’s top executives will take pay cuts this year as part of cost-cutting measures.