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IVF treatment is not cheap. When Jen is fired from Twitter as part of the mass layoffs, she contacts the counselor she saw earlier under the islands deal. The ongoing treatment will cost her $6,000. “It’s not something everyone carries in their back pocket,” she says.

A group of former Twitter employees are now in the same situation. Some were able to use their benefits to quickly pay for the course of treatment. However, IVF usually requires two or three cycles to be successful. Others have been told they must stop treatment immediately because they cannot get an appointment before their contract expires. “It’s heartbreaking, to be honest,” says Jane. “Being close to having a baby and then being told it’s gone.”

A former Twitter employee in the US was looking for a provider who could perform screening before fertility treatment before January 4, the date her Twitter contract would expire. The former employee will be willing to travel to multiple states in order to meet a deadline and incur support.

Meanwhile, Jane has been trying to get anyone within Twitter’s human resources department to say whether she can start the IVF process, and whether the company will cover it. However, a host of layoffs affecting HR itself, and a backlog of issues the team has to address after laying off thousands of workers, means that emails go unanswered, despite automatic replies promising replies within 48 hours. hour. “We are already treated like outsiders who are no longer part of the company, even though we are still employees of the company,” says Jane.

Twitter’s internal issues with morale are well documented. Jane says she would have left the company last year had it not been for the fertility treatment benefit, and was promised the health benefits would continue a year after any acquisition. In the end, she had one week.

Dozens of former Twitter employees have reached out to Menaka Fernando, a partner at the San Francisco law firm Outten & Golden’s, about similar issues. “They’re concerned that those benefits will suddenly be taken away from them,” she says, adding that she is examining the possibility of a legal challenge to Twitter’s decision to withdraw employee benefits. Samuel Estreicher, a professor at New York University School of Law, believes employees can see their coverage going — but that requires negotiation. “If there are treatments going on right now, there’s an argument that they shouldn’t be disturbed,” he says. Twitter’s communications department did not respond to a request for comment, possibly because the entire team has been laid off or resigned.

Jane isn’t fazed at the thought of losing her job: it’s happened to her before. “At the end of the day, you get terminated, find another job, and move on,” she says. But missing out on vital health benefits is a different matter. “You promise to completely change someone’s life, and then you take it away from them,” she says. “I’m still trying to get around it.”

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