Yep. I've had that done when working as a contractor. It's pretty dumb since I was a contractor. Why not be up front about it?
As an employee, you get sidelined doing support and doing nothing, like they hope you'll just leave. Or else, they'll figure out a way to "reduction in force" you like giving you a bad review or the like. Once again, a dumb and often dishonest way to do things.
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