Lawsuit filed by white ex-employee over foreign tech workers

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An India-based technology consulting firm operating in Plano, Texas is coming under fire over allegations of racial discrimination against white and black American workers.

A lawsuit was filed this week against Infosys, India’s second-largest technology services company, by Erin Green, a former supervisor who was fired in June 2016 for allegedly violating the company’s code of conduct by “using his work computer for personal use a number of years earlier.”

Green, a white man, had risen to the position of “head of global immigration” at the Plano facility. He alleges in his lawsuit that employees who were “non-South Asian” were berated and denied raises and promotions within the company, and that the company creates a hostile work environment for employees who are not from India or South Asia.

As noted by Dallas News, Infosys recently announced plans to hire 10,000 American workers, due to President Trump promoting a policy of “America First.”

Green’s lawsuit pointed out that while Infosys has about 200,000 employees in the United States, at least 93 percent of their U.S. workforce is of the “South Asian national origin, (primarily Indian).”

In contrast, less than 5 percent of the U.S. population is of the South Asian race. The lawsuit notes the high level of “discrimination in the hiring, promotion, compensation and termination” of individuals who are not Indian or South Asian.

“Infosys has gone to great lengths to obtain its primarily South Asian workforce in the U. S., in particular by utilizing professional H-1B and L-1 work visas to bring South Asians (primarily Indians) into the United States to work in information technology (“IT”) consulting roles,” according to the suit. 

The following news broadcast from Bloomberg sheds lights on the use of H-1B visas by Infosys, and said their announcement of intending to hire 10,000 Americans was all for political purposes only.

 

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