Infosys is into legal soup again in the US. The company has been slapped with hiring lawsuit in the country. The lawsuit, filed by a Wisconsin-based IT professional Brenda Koehler, alleges that Infosys discriminates against US job applicants in favour of South Asians.
Koehler, who holds over 15 years experience, has alleged that while she was qualified for the position to which she applied, the company chose to hire a person of South Asian origin for the position. Koehler applied for the post of job “Lead VMware/Windows Administrator” in April 2012.
According to the lawsuit, “Infosys has engaged in systematic, company-wide discrimination against individuals based upon their national origin. Specifically, Infosys has discriminated againstindividuals who are not of South Asian (including but not necessarily limited to India, Nepal, Bangladesh) descent. Infosys discriminates against these individuals through disparate treatmentin hiring and disparate impact in hiring in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. (“Title VII”).”
According to the lawsuit, “Infosys employs more than 15,000 individuals in the United States and approximately 90 percent of these employees are of South Asian descent (including individuals of Indian, Nepalese, and Bangladeshi descent). Infosys has reached this grossly disproportionate workforce by directly discriminating against individuals who are not of South Asian decent in hiring, by abusing the H-1B visa process to bring workers of South Asian descent into the country rather than hiring qualified individuals already in the United States, and by abusing the B-1 visa system to bring workers of South Asian descent into the United States to perform work not allowed by their visa status rather than hiring individuals already in the United States to perform the work.”
In August last year, a US court dismissed harassment charges against the IT major levelled by one of its American employee Jack ‘Jay’ Palmer. Palmer had filed a lawsuit against Infosys in Alabama state court alleging he was harassed after he refused requests by the company to circumvent US visa laws. He accused Infosys of using short-term business visas instead of work visas meant for high-skilled labour.
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Date: Aug 6, 2013