Re: Punishment seems too extreme
Hey, at least they didn't use the newspeak term "redeployed". That seems to be the term of choice for some companies that don't have the spine to say "lay-offs" or "fired".
Funny anecdote. When I had just started working for such a company my manager told me his friend had been "redeployed". Knowing that lay-offs were being considered I replied that I was glad to hear that his friend had been redeployed. I have a lot of friends in the military so I only knew the term as "being sent back to another battle zone". In other words, the organization they worked for utilized them elsewhere.
It took a while to untangle the confusion and convince my boss that I was not mean-spirited...