Enron Couples Hit Twice As Hard

For former Enron employees Marc and Kim Lerro, Thursday's Congressional hearing was just another disappointing round of unanswered questions.

"It frustrates me, I wish somebody would just come up to the plate. I want more people to start talking," explained Kim.

Enron was considered a family-friendly company. Many couples worked there together, were laid off together and now, like the Lerros, have lost nearly all of their income.

Mike and Dixie Yeck lost everything: their jobs, their home and more than $200,00 in life savings.

"When you're trying to pay your mortgage and your benefits, you have a baby and you have to have those things, it's a lot," said Dixie.

And with a rising unemployment rate, that fear is understandable, reports CBS News Correspondent Maureen Maher. Now, these former double income families will have twice as hard to get back on their feet.

Alan and Belinda McGoughy had a double dose of disaster last year -- when they got their pink slips, they were still cleaning up from Hurricane Allison.

The Yecks and the Lerros have also found a silver lining in the free time they now have to spend with their kids.

They've all been forced to make changes.

"At Christmas time, they had a hard time you know just because Enron failed us, we couldn't fail the children," said Kim Lerro.

Nor could they fail themselves. These couples who worked hard and played by the rules say what made Enron a success was not its policies, but its people.



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