Infosys hit by fresh employment discrimination suit in US

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Bangalore | Updated: May 28, 2015 8:50:33 AM

The suit alleged that Infosys began a concerted effort in the US to purge non-south Asian employees in favour of South Asians.

Vishal Sikka Infosys discrimination suitUS District Court Judge Pamela Pepper in a ruling did not dismiss the discrimination lawsuit as sought by Infosys and allowed the case to proceed. (Reuters)

Infosys faces another lawsuit in the US alleging employment discrimination. The new suit, filed in a US District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, alleges that the company favoured people of South Asian origin.

The case, filed by four individuals in August, 2013, claimed that they are Caucasian individuals of American origin and alleged that Infosys and its subsidiary 1 Infosys Public Services — discriminated against them in employment and promotion opportunities while favouring people of South Asian origin which includes Indians, Bangladeshis and Nepalese.

US District Court Judge Pamela Pepper in a ruling did not dismiss the discrimination lawsuit as sought by Infosys and allowed the case to proceed in part while granting certain relief to the company. The ruling said, “That the plaintiffs’ allegations are sufficient to state claims that the defendants intentionally discriminated against them because of the plaintiffs’ race, and the complaint is clear that the plaintiffs regard their race as distinct from the ‘South Asian race’ that the defendants allegedly favor.” The court will continue to hear the case.

The suit alleged that Infosys began a concerted effort in the US to purge non-south Asian employees in favour of South Asians and further said that the company promoted South Asian workers and brought in additional Indian workers. It alleged that because of their race and origin, Infosys did not employ Caucasian Americans.

In response to a query from FE, an Infosys statement said, “We do not comment on pending litigation.”

Indian IT companies have come under the spotlight in the US for their employment practices, especially on the use of H-1B and L1 visas.

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