Class Action Discrimination Complaint Against Infosys Just the Tip of the Iceberg, says High-Tech Professional Group

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A proposed federal class action suit charging Infosys Technologies with national origin discrimination was applauded today by Bright Future Jobs, a high-tech professional group addressing this hidden form of employment discrimination in high-tech jobs.

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High-tech companies claim they can’t find Americans to fill U.S jobs, when, in fact, they are rejecting talented Americans—as this lawsuit alleges,” said Conroy, director of Bright Future Jobs.

A proposed federal class action suit charging Infosys Technologies with national origin discrimination was applauded today by Bright Future Jobs, a high-tech professional group addressing this hidden form of employment discrimination in high-tech jobs. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (2:13-cv-00885), alleges that Infosys, a multinational IT services company with headquarters in India, has hiring policies and conduct that discriminates against workers of American or non-South Asian national origin, in violation of Title VII law.

The suit alleges Brenda Koehler, a VMware Certified Professional network engineer with a Master’s in Information Systems, was denied a Lead VMware/Windows Administrator position at Infosys. Court documents state that during the interview, “Infosys’s representatives spent a considerable amount of time asking about other subjects, including DNS and Active Directory.” Following her in depth answers regarding DNS and Active Directory subjects, one of the Infosys interviewers, “sighed and stated (incorrectly) that Ms. Koehler had no Active Directory experience.” The suit alleges "after Ms. Koehler was rejected, Infosys continued to interview candidates for the position for a period of nearly two months" and "ultimately hired an individual of South Asian descent."

"High-tech companies claim they can’t find Americans to fill U.S jobs, when, in fact, they are rejecting talented Americans—as this lawsuit alleges,” said Conroy, director of Bright Future Jobs.

Court documents also state that, "A former Infosys employee who worked in human resources – Linda Manning – testified that approximately 90 percent of Infosys’s employees in the United States are foreign-national workers and the vast majority of those workers are of Indian national origin."

The suit alleges, “Infosys has engaged in a pattern and practice of discriminating against individuals who are American-born or not of South Asian national origin by: (a) filling a disproportionately large percentage of its work force with individuals of South Asian national origin who are brought to the United States on either H-1B or B-1 visas even when there are qualified individuals available in the United States and (b) knowingly and intentionally favoring individuals who are of South Asian national origin even in “local” hiring.”

Who We Are
Bright Future Jobs is a tech advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating all types of employment discrimination--race, gender, age, national origin, and military status--in high tech jobs.

A report issued by Bright Future Jobs in July 2012, “No Americans Need Apply,” analyzed 100 high-tech job postings and found they involved multiple legal violations of discrimination law for a U.S. citizen job applicant who is bypassed based on his or her national origin.

Donna Conroy is an IT professional who has worked in education, government, and the private sector. She has been quoted in NPR, Businessweek, CIO Magazine, Computerworld and appeared on Dan Rather Reports on the impact of corporate visa programs and high-tech jobs.

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