Meta sent a firing email to a Facebook manager on maternity leave

  • A Facebook executive of more than two years said she was fired on maternity leave.
  • Anneka Patel, a former manager, was named one of the best PR professionals in 2020 by Insider.
  • Meta laid off 11,000 employees, or 13% of its workforce.

A Meta employee said she was fired on maternity leave.

Facebook communications manager Anneka Patel wrote in a LinkedIn post on Nov. 14 that she is one of thousands of employees affected by Meta’s mass layoffs.

Patel said she received Meta’s layoff email at 5:35 a.m. after several of her co-workers texted her that they had been fired.

“I found out this morning that I am one of the 11,000 employees being laid off at Meta #layoffs,” said Patel, who has worked at Meta for two and a half years. “That really hit me because I’m on maternity leave at the moment.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Patel managed communications for Meta’s community product groups, which included Facebook groups.

Patel’s post garnered over 11,500 reactions and 560 comments in a week. Patel was included in Insider magazine’s May 2020 list of top public relations professionals.

Patel, a former communications director at Eventbrite, said she was due to be on maternity leave until February next year.

“For those who know me, working at Facebook (now Meta) has been a dream of mine since I moved from London to the Bay Area nine years ago,” Patel said, adding that she plans to spend time with her three-month-old baby. child before looking for a new job.

On November 9, Meta announced that it would be laying off more than 11,000 employees, or about 13% of its workforce.

“I made a mistake and I take responsibility for it,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post. Zuckerberg added that he sees the layoffs “as a last resort” but expects “cost-cutting changes” to continue in the coming months.

Patel was one of hundreds of ex-employees who took to LinkedIn to write about their experience being fired from Met.

Insider previously reported that several Meta software engineers said they were fired just two or three days after moving from India to the company’s Canadian office.

Other Met employees have been writing “badge posts” — resignation messages with a photo of their IDs — after receiving the dreaded layoff email from the company, according to a recent Insider report.

Meta and Patel did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. When Insider contacted Patel through her Meta email, we received an automated response that “the mailbox is no longer active” and “contact another person at the company.”

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