“We were told our jobs were continuing and we should consider it as if nothing had happened until further notice.”
After outrage over a mass firing in January, Disney suddenly–and without explanation–canceled its plan to replace even more American tech workers with immigrants.
In January, Disney informed 250 technology employees that they must train their replacements: immigrants, mostly from India, brought in by a global outsourcing company under the H-1B visa program. Despite widespread pushback in the tech world, Disney announced another set of layoffs in May, this time impacting 35 employees.
Though the training for the immigrant substitutes had already begun, Disney has suddenly reversed course, recently informing employees that they would keep their positions. The NY Times reports:
In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, Calif., received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs.
The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation. In New York, the immigrants suddenly stopped coming to the offices. Then on June 11, managers summoned the Disney employees with different news: Their layoffs had been canceled.