A tragic incident occurred at Google’s New York City headquarters as an engineer, 31, jumped to his death from the 14th floor of the building.
Here’s What Happened
The engineer, whose identity has not been made public, was discovered on the ground on the 15th Street side of the building at approximately 11:30 PM on Thursday. Law enforcement officials received multiple phone calls about the incident and reported the engineer was found unconscious.
Despite immediate medical attention at Bellevue Hospital, he was later pronounced dead. Sources informed the New York Post handprints were found on the 14th-floor ledge, where an open-air terrace is located.
The New York Post also reported that no suicide note was left behind by the engineer.
This Isn’t The First Google Employee to Take Their Own Life
Unfortunately, this marks the second occasion of a Google employee reportedly taking their own life. Colleague Jacob Pratt, 33, was found dead inside his apartment on February 16, and it was discovered that he had hanged himself, according to an NYPD source.
Pratt was a partnership leader at the company, having worked there for one and a half years. His LinkedIn profile indicated that he began his employment with Google as an agency manager in May 2019.
The cause of the engineers’ deaths remains unclear.
It is worth noting that Google laid off roughly 12,000 employees from its global workforce, and there has been speculation some of those affected may have faced job insecurity as a result.
Layoffs Continue to Effect Mental Health of Employees
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, recently announced job losses, which impacted a range of teams across the organization, including recruiting, corporate functions, engineering, and products teams.
The layoffs happened amid a broader trend of white-collar job losses in the tech sector, which has been dubbed the “richcession” by industry insiders.
This phenomenon has been further highlighted by Microsoft’s recent announcement to lay off 10,000 workers, and Amazon’s decision to let go of 18,000 workers. Meanwhile, blue-collar workers have become increasingly in-demand in recent times.
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