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Disney Reverses 35 Tech Layoffs

The Disney ABC Television Group has reversed course on cutting jobs for up to 35 application developers, two weeks after informing the employees that they were being laid off.

The developers were told on May 28 that their jobs were being moved to information technology contractor Cognizant Technology Solutions, a U.S.-based company with major offshore operations. Some of the workers were also told that their last day would be at the end of July.

But the Disney ABC TV Media Technology and Strategy development team subsequently decided to rescind the layoffs. First reported by Computerworld, Disney ABC spokesman Kevin Brockman confirmed the plans on Wednesday.

“In the course of making any technology upgrade, we look at a myriad of options to achieve our goals,” Brockman said. “We’re clearly on an alternative path to achieve those goals that we think is better suited to our business.”

When the layoffs were rescinded, some of the affected employees had already started training their Cognizant Technology replacements in what’s dubbed the “knowledge transfer” process.

Computerworld also reported in April that an unspecified number of IT workers at Disney Parks and Resorts had seen their jobs eliminated.

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