“Google NYC employees who arrived at the office early this morning stood in a line to test their badges-- if light turned red, it meant you had been laid off. if green, you were safe,” Daniel Roberts tweeted.
People reacted to the news saying it reminded them of a scene from the show.
The real-life “red light, green light” game was not corroborated by any first-hand accounts but some Google employees tweeted that they only found out about their layoffs because they were locked out of their accounts.
\u201c@amitpadwal_ @readDanwrite I was not emailed. Just booted out of all corporate accounts with zero explanation. After 11 years.\u201d
Roberts tweeted later on clarifying that while the company sent out emails Friday morning, some employees did not see it until they arrived.
\u201cthere are Google people calling this "fake news" because layoff emails were sent around 7am. I didn't say otherwise. I described a scene that happened today: Googlers arrived at office and if they hadn't seen work email on their subway ride, surprise: badge red -- can't come in.\u201d
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent employees an email early on Friday morning announcing the layoffs: "We’ve already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices."
Pichai included ways the company would be supporting US-based employees by paying the full notification period of at least 60 days, offering severance packages, paying remaining vacation time and bonuses, as well as offering six months of healthcare, job placement services, and immigration support.
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