Almost 7 months pregnant (contractor) and laid offJan 29
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?
- 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.)
- 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!
- Microsoft NoSugarmoreOP, 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 81
- Paychex vsbodYour manager is a piece of shit. I hope you can find something before your delivery due.
- 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 ....
- 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?
- 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 !
- PayPal mrhuddleOP, 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!
- P&G Xkzq46I 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 21
- New fksLsnsIf you layoff someone during pregnancy, the company at least should have a heart and keep your insurance.
- 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.
- Google GnaSkItSlfI 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Microsoft horizontalWho 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.
- From California? Look into paid family leave. I think you are eligible. If so, just relax and wait for the baby to be born.