Almost 7 months pregnant (contractor) and laid off

LinkedIn DIKj61
Jan 29 50 Comments

Hi, as the title suggests, I am 27 weeks’ pregnant and laid off. I was laid off because reorg in the group and not because I am pregnant. I knew the reorg was happening but was told by my manager that I should be safe till my maternity leave. Also naively, I didn’t think LinkedIn, where they make such a big fuss about ‘we care for our employees’ would lay off a 7 month pregnant contractor. Anyways I am a contractor so the company has all the right to terminate my contract as they see fit. But I just want to know what is the best way to get a short time gig and what other options can I explore?

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  • Cisco / Otherendofdays9
    You’re a contractor not an employee.
    Jan 297
    • Facebook
      facerber

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      Google, Amazon, Intuit, Uber
      facerbermore
      Stfu. A Human before all else.
      Jan 29
    • Juniper ㄴㅇㄴ
      Facebook, you're 100% right, but sadly, contractors are treated differently from employees. And this is similar for other companies.
      Jan 29
    • Facebook
      facerber

      Facebook

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      Google, Amazon, Intuit, Uber
      facerbermore
      It's up to the "employees" to treat contractors as equals.
      Corporates are obligated by law to create a "segregated system" to justify the contract - and not the full time employment; that's only understandable up to a certain limit.
      In my opinion there are 3 types of contracts:
      1/ functions that are considered auxiliary to the core business and the expectation is to hire a 3rd party company to do it (security, cleaning, culinary in some instances,...)
      2/ functions that are primary but only require a contractor for a defined task; this is still a legitimate use case.
      3/ functions where headcount is an issue and you request a contractor as a temporary fix until you convert them to FTE. This probably accounts for the largest tech contractor workforce and is a clear loophole companies are taking advantage of; getting a person to do fte job while being a contractor is stupid and wrong -- especially most contractors come with the hope of being converted to fte (and end up being carroted the fte while they work their asses off.)
      Jan 29
    • Google / EngBluths
      She isn’t even complaining about it. Just asking for options. Way to be a douchebag.
      Jan 29
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      I worked in a small energy consulting company as fte for 6 years before this and honestly I had no idea that contractors in tech industry are treated so differently than FTEs before this job. Our group has incompetent FTEs just cruising by for months! Anyways I learned my lesson to never work as a contractor again!
      Jan 29
    • Bloomberg iVX372
      @Bluths how does complaining how contractors are treated qualify as being a douchebag?
      Jan 29
    • Microsoft
      NoSugar

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      Amazon
      NoSugarmore
      OP, I see why you would never want to be a contractor again from your experience. That’s an unsettling situation. I do want to point out that the loophole that lets the company use contractors in FTE roles can also benefit the contractor.

      If you’re ok with less $ and have good benefits through your partner, working as a contractor means you can find a position with low political pressure, better WLB (they aren’t supposed to work you more than 40 hours), you get breaks for long vacations on unemployment in between contracts, and you still get the benefit of working on a beautiful campus with quality colleagues and good perks.

      I did this for years until I found a team I wanted to work for full-time and made the switch. Also, I’ve met people who worked Full-time for years and switched to contract work for the “paid” breaks. Nothing changes in the system because it’s mutually beneficial for a lot of folks.

      Constructors may be lonely and not allowed to come to our team events for cupcakes, but they have far less political stress and can focus on their real work which creates a meaningful experience. TBH, I daydream about switching back to contract work but I’m also afraid of falling into a situation like yours or getting a micro-manager. I was always lucky though in that regard.
      Feb 8
  • Paychex vsbod
    Your manager is a piece of shit. I hope you can find something before your delivery due.
    Jan 293
    • Juniper ㄴㅇㄴ
      Managers are taught to say that to their team is safe even though he/she knows who will be affected.
      Jan 29
    • Juniper ㄴㅇㄴ
      My previous manager did the same thing to me at a different company. He played dumb when rumors came and when the big day came, he hid. I don't blame him though, he had to drink the koolaid to keep his job.

      Hang in there, OP. I wish you the best!
      Jan 29
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      I want to be mad at my manager but she did what was asked of her. I just wish they had laid me off sooner or helped me stay on another project for next month or two. I guess this is less evil than lay off a 9 month pregnant lady :)
      Jan 29
  • BlackRock Lary
    Hope they paid extra severance cause of your maternity leave ? If yes then are you in need of money beyond that ? If not , I will suggest take this time off . Do yoga, eat health home cooked food , meditate , follow your hobbies , read pregnancy and parenting books ... you have the time to make your body strong cause delivering a baby isn’t a joke .... destress ... Hope you have a supportive partner too ....
    Jan 295
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      They paid a week of severance package. My partner is very supportive and I was able to get on his insurance so that has been really great. We might have to change our doctor but it is what it is. I am just worried about post pregnancy employment seeking. How did other people do it? How do you stay motivated? will it be easy to explain my situation?
      Jan 29
    • BlackRock Lary
      Yes it is easy to explain, you got laid off in your last trimester and so you decided to take the time off instead of stressing about job hunt ... and if they don’t buy it it’s better not to work with such Assholes .... I wish you all the best with you delivery ... please take care !
      Jan 29
    • PayPal mrhuddle
      OP, I was in the same situation as you. I took a break until my baby was 2 months without worrying too much about the job search. I started looking out when my lo turned 3 months and started a new job by the time he was 4 months. It is surely easy to explain- simple fact, took a maternity break!
      Jan 29
    • Pinterest Newy
      How did you handle pumping breast milk during the interviews?
      Jan 30
    • P&G Xkzq46
      I wouldn’t even say you were laid off. You’re 2ish months away from giving birth. Chalk it up as wanting to take some time off before the baby came and you knew you wouldn’t be coming back to the same place afterwards. No need to tell them about the layoff. Frame it as a pregnancy related thing and move forward. Agree with other poster on taking some time to establish your online presence so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you’re ready to work again.
      Feb 2
  • New fksLsns
    If you layoff someone during pregnancy, the company at least should have a heart and keep your insurance.
    Jan 295
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Yeah I am so lucky to have a supportive partner with a decent job. I don’t know how a single mother or single working couple could survive third trimester lay offs.
      Jan 29
    • Intel holy_moly
      LinkedIn did not lay-off the OP. They terminated the contract. Now if she was direct employee of LinkedIn they would provide cobra insurance for some time. So in this case it is the responsibility of her actual employer (not LinkedIn) who gives her pay check to either find another client and contract or provide her with some sort of cobra insurance.
      Jan 30
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      Cobra is paid by the employee.
      Jan 30
    • New jcddjlh
      Cobra is something like $2k a month out of your pocket.
      Jan 30
    • Intel holy_moly
      That’s interesting. Because the company I worked provided assistance with cobra including bearing some cost when they laid off people.
      Jan 30
  • Google GnaSkItSlf
    I don't have an answer but as an ex-linkedin employee and husband of a 7-month pregnant who was also looking for a job recently, I completely understand and feel your angst. My wife was lucky to find a work-from-home job at IBM which is super friendly to women. I don't know what your field is but maybe try them.
    Jan 292
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Thanks I will check out ibm jobs page
      Jan 29
    • Check amazon, they also have virtual jobs. Good luck! I was in a sort of similar situation.
      Feb 9
  • Walmart.com ToKL28
    What's your expertise?
    Jan 294
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Data analysis, bi tools, project management
      Jan 29
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      I would say you should create profiles on fiverr and upwork. Data analysts and bi tools should be something sellable.
      I would also use time and write high quality blogs. This will help you get gigs. It migh not be an immediate success, but eventually it should be possible to build an income stream with flexible hours.
      One of the options is actually do blog ghost writing.
      In any case, I wish you the best.
      Jan 29
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Thank! Those are great ideas and I will look into em
      Jan 29
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      There is also toptal, but they have tough interview to get on the platform.
      Jan 29
  • Do contractors even get maternity leave?
    Jan 301
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      You get the maternity leave that your contracting company has. In California the state mandates 6 weeks of paid family leave assistance.
      Jan 30
  • Uber rnpF82
    Uber has no minimum tenure for maternity leave
    Jan 290
  • Oscar / OtherTender
    DM me . We are friendly at Oscar if you are from NY/LA.
    Jan 290
  • Intel holy_moly
    Let me get this straight. Are you a freelance contractor or employed by some other company whose client is LinkedIn? If it’s the latter then go back to your employer and ask them about other contracts or clients and don’t see any fault from LinkedIn’s side.
    Jan 292
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      I was hired by LinkedIn as a contractor for a position that was long term but because of reorg that they didn’t anticipate they have laid me off. I have barely any contact with the company that I am hired through but I did reach out to them for leads.
      Jan 29
    • Intel holy_moly
      Understood. Your actual employer needs to step up and provide you leads as a contract can be terminated by the client. Hope you get another one soon. Goodluck.
      Jan 29
  • Microsoft horizontal
    Who is your employer i.e. the company that pays your paycheck ? Reach out to them and ask to be reassigned to a different client job. If they have other clients and you match their job requirements, this should be the fastest option for you to get another job.
    Jan 291
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Yeah I have reached out to them to see if they can find me another gig for time being. Also started looking into other options (upwork and Craigslist).
      Jan 29
  • Walmart.com fiVn5$!Br
    You might be able to find a remote job. Check various FB groups. Might not be for BI tho.
    Jan 290
  • Ancestry tblade321
    Just take this time to relax and prepare for FTE interviews. Brush up on white board questions and start attending interviews when you are ready after delivery.
    Jan 290
  • Amazon / Eng
    From California? Look into paid family leave. I think you are eligible. If so, just relax and wait for the baby to be born.
    Jan 294
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Yeah I have been researching unemployment/disability insurance. Never thought I would be 7 months pregnant on unemployment...glad that I have been voting for social benefits :)
      Jan 29
    • Amazon / Eng
      My wife used this same benefit even while she was employed. It's not just for unemployed. Even Amazon makes you apply for it. It usually covers half your paycheck, then Amazon pays the other half.
      Jan 29
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      I am not exactly sure if I qualify for paid family leave if I am unemployed. The language is a bit confusing or I am just a little hazed and can’t process simple sentences :)
      Jan 29
    • Amazon / Eng
      From what I read you have to paid the correct tax and be employed or actively looking for a job. Maybe call someone for more info
      Jan 29
  • eBay YAgV34
    Is that even legal ?
    Jan 291
    • LinkedIn DIKj61
      OP
      Yeah they can terminate a contract whenever. And reorg is a valid reason to lay off even fte pregnant women
      Jan 29

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