JamesNT writes: By now we've all heard about the IT layoffs that occurred, or attempted to occur, at Disney. And now we have Suntrust who went a step even further in trying to ensure the cooperation of terminated employees long after their termination without compensation. In both cases, IT employees were told they would lose their severances if they failed to cooperate. Has the severance package horrifically devolved from a way to part ways on amicable terms during bad times to a weapon to force IT people to agree to otherwise humiliating terms before feeling the boot? Other questions also abound such as how companies that have outsourced all IT are faring now? Are companies breaking any laws? What resistance can today's IT person have against his/her own employer other than keeping personal debt low and finances in check just in case the need to walk out the door on their own terms arises? What would have happened to Suntrust or Disney if the IT staff had, all to a one, declined severance and just left all at once?