- A Facebook manager for more than two years said she was fired while on maternity leave.
- Anneka Patel, the ex-manager, was named one of Insider’s top PR professionals of 2020.
- Meta laid off 11,000 employees, or 13% of its workforce.
A Meta employee said she was fired while on maternity leave.
Anneka Patel, head of communications at Facebook, wrote in a LinkedIn post on Nov. 14 that she was among thousands of employees affected by Meta’s mass layoffs.
Patel said she received the dismissal email from Meta at 5:35 a.m. after several of her colleagues texted her saying they had been fired.
“This morning I found out I was one of 11,000 employees affected by Meta’s layoffs,” said Patel, who worked at Meta for two and a half years. “It hit me hard as I am currently on maternity leave.”
According to his 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 one week. Patel was included in Insider’s May 2020 roundup of top PR professionals.
Patel, a former communications director at Eventbrite, said she was due on maternity leave until February next year.
“For those who know me, working at Facebook (now Meta) has been my dream 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 son. baby before looking for a new job.
On November 9, Meta announced that it would cut more than 11,000 employees, or around 13% of its workforce.
“I was wrong and I take responsibility for it,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post. Zuckerberg added that he considered layoffs “a last resort” but expects “cost-cutting changes” to continue in the coming months.
Patel was among hundreds of former employees who took to LinkedIn to write about their experiences being fired by Meta.
Insider previously reported that several Meta software engineers said they were laid off just two or three days after moving from India to the company’s Canadian office.
Other Meta employees wrote “badge messages” — leaving messages with a picture of their ID cards — after receiving the company’s dreaded severance email, according to a recent report by initiated.
Meta and Patel did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment. When Insider contacted Patel via his Meta email, we received an automated response stating that “the mailbox is no longer active” and to “contact someone else at the company”.