I couldn't disagree more with this. If someone has just had a miscarriage or been diagnosed with cancer or just won a million dollars, I'd use the same method to layoff each one. Business is full of cold decisions, especially when layoffs come around, and there is no "tact" when this happens. People that complain about this stuff would still be complaining even if they rolled out the red carpet and handed them a honey baked ham on the way out. Furthermore, this is America, if you handle the layoff of a woman with a miscarriage differently than you do a man, you could have a lawsuit on your hand. The only thing to be pissed off about getting laid off is them drawing it out and preventing you from entering the interview environment sooner rather than later before more of America gets laid off and you have more competition. I'd rather know now than a week from now. btw, i'm not a manager, I'm a level 1 worker bee.