‘Couldn’t control shaky hands…’ 8-month pregnant employee fired after positive performance review

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    Google‘s parent company Alphabet Inc on Friday announced that it will be laying off at least 12,000 employees as a part of a large-scale restructuring. The mass job cut news was given to the affected employees by CEO Sundar Pichai via email. An eight-month pregnant employee who was about to start her maternity leave was one of those who were let go.
    Program manager Katherine Wong noted in a detailed LinkedIn post that she was let go even after a ‘positive performance review’.

    “The first thought that came to my mind was “Why me? Why now?”. It was hard to process and digest, especially the news that came after a positive performance review. As a PgM, my first instinct was to make a plan, but clearly this is one of the most difficult projects I have ever handled as the timing is really bad. It is almost impossible for me to look for a job as a 34-week pregnant and right about to go on maternity leave for months,” Katherine Wong wrote.

    “People are concerned about my baby and well-being. I did not let my negative emotions take over as I have a little one inside that needed to be taken care of, but I could not control my shaky hands. It is such a mixed feeling. I love #Google and particularly my team, #GoogleDomains as I feel that we are a family. I am grateful that my team still got my back even now. I have been feeling proud of working in a start-up-like team who is one of the few that’s making positive business growth under such challenging times,” Wong added.

    “I want to be able to #opentowork. But the reality is that I need to focus on the last bit of my pregnancy journey and to make sure my baby comes to the world safe and sound. I know I will be fine and will try all my best to achieve that,” Wong further said.

    Google announced that the affected employees will get six months of healthcare, job placement services, and immigration support.

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