dcblogs writes: Hewlett-Packard's reduced its workforce last year by 17,800 employees, more than half-way to its restructuring goal. But some key IT workers left unexpectedly and have taken jobs with HP customer, General Motors. HP employed 331,800 worldwide as of Oct. 31. It plans to cut 29,000 by the end of 2014. GM, which outsourced its IT for years to EDS, announced plans last year to in-source its IT. HP acquired EDS in 2008. On Nov. 30, 18 employees of HP's Global Information Technology Organization in Austin "resigned en masse and without notice" and "immediately began working for General Motors in Austin in GM's new IT Innovation Center," according to court papers. HP is asking the court for approval to depose some of the exiting workers to determine whether employment contracts were violated. "HP expects that additional resignations will follow as the departed employees will likely seek to build out their teams by filling in with subordinate employees from HP," the company said.