A married couple with a 4-month-old baby were both laid off by Google, while one of them was on parental leave

A married couple with a four-month-old baby were both hit by Google's mass layoffs on Friday. Allie was on maternity leave while her husband, Steve, was set to go on paternity

leave in a few weeks. They said they'd work full-time on their own business instead. "This was the push that we needed." A husband and wife with a four-month-old baby said they

were both hit by Google's mass layoffs on Friday. Allie and Steve, who asked to go by their first names only but whose identities are known by Insider, had both relocated to

California when Allie started working for the tech giant six years ago. Steve began working at the company around two years later. The couple, who were high school

sweethearts, had their first child in fall 2022. Allie went on parental leave shortly before, and planned to be off for around eight months in total. Steve took two months of

parental leave in late 2022, and was set to take a further two from March. Google laid off around 12,000 employees, or roughly 6% of its workforce, on Friday. Allie and

Steve were among those affected, they told Insider. Both found out that they were being laid off at the same time. Google's layoffs come as other tech giants are

dramatically cutting their workforce. Twitter, under new owner Elon Musk, laid off thousands of workers in late 2022. A class-action lawsuit filed against the company accused it

of violating the Family and Medical Leave Act by terminating workers on or soon to take parental leave. Another Google employee told Insider she was laid off just days

before going on maternity leave.