An ex-Facebook manager says she got Meta’s layoff email at 5.35 a.m. while on maternity leave

Facebook rebranded as Meta Platforms in October 2021 to reflect a shift in focus towards building its own metaverse.
A Facebook manager of over two years said she was laid off while on maternity leave.
Anneka Patel, the ex-manager, was named one of the top PR pros by Insider in 2020.
Meta laid off 11,000 employees, or 13% of its workforce.

A Meta employee has said she was laid off while on maternity leave. 

Anneka Patel, a communications manager at Facebook, wrote in a LinkedIn post on November 14 that she was one of the 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 coworkers sent her text messages saying they were laid off.

“This morning I found out I was one of the 11,000 employees impacted by the Meta #layoffs,” Patel, who worked at Meta for two and a half years, said. “This hit me hard as I’m currently out on maternity leave.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Patel managed communications…

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