The Hearst corporation reportedly dealt a cold new blow to working mom’s everywhere when it informed the editor in chief of Seventeen magazine that she was being fired — even though she was out of the office on maternity leave. According to sources cited by Women’s Wear Daily, Hearst executives fired Michelle Tan on Wednesday, notifying her that she no longer had a job with the magazine. Tan was fired less than two years after being hired in the top job and during her time oversaw an effort to make the magazine more diversity inclusive in what it covers.
Tan has yet to address her dismissal from the magazine and a spokesperson from Hearst confirmed her termination to Women’s Wear Daily, but declined to comment any further on the move. According to Tan’s Instagram account, she gave birth to a baby girl, Evie, about 11 weeks ago, posting a photo introducing her new bundle of joy on June 11 as “the newest member of the @seventeen squad.” Just two days ago, the proud mom posted another photo of her little girl, now 11 weeks old. Hearst offers a competitive paid maternity leave benefit to employees, according to FairyGodBoss, a website dedicated to job and company reviews for women. New moms at Hearst are privy to 20 paid weeks of maternity leave, the site reports. Presumably, Tan was in the neighborhood of 12 weeks into her maternity leave at the time of her firing.
Several on Twitter mentioned Tan’s fate at the magazine, including one who lamented her departure, saying Tan had made the magazine “fun and fresh again with a stylish touch.”
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