Our favorite slumdog sweatshop is facing yet more legal action. Former collaborator turned pro-insurgent blogger Don Tennant was the first to break the story:
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Infosys, alleging that the company has engaged in systematic, company-wide discrimination against Americans and others who are not of South Asian descent. The suit details alleged discriminatory practices stemming from the company’s abuse of the H-1B and B-1 visa programs, and makes extensive reference to alleged illegal and discriminatory activities revealed by Infosys employee and original whistleblower, Jay Palmer.
The new lawsuit, filed on Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, was brought on behalf of Brenda Koehler, an American IT project manager in Milwaukee who, the suit alleges, was denied employment at Infosys because she is not of South Asian descent. According to the complaint, “this matter is a class action with an amount in controversy of greater than $5 million.” Daniel Kotchen of Kotchen & Low LLP in Washington, D.C., lead counsel on the legal team that filed the lawsuit, was adamant about the egregiousness of Infosys’s actions.
“We are convinced there are very serious issues with Infosys,” Kotchen said. “We believe strongly in the case, and we look forward to prosecuting it...”
Tennant was a shill for the slumdog slave trade until insurgents hounded him into reporting the truth about the curry scented wage pirates. He was doing extensive coverage about the Jay Palmer case, and recently blogged about it in regards to the latest case:
It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since I began covering the remarkable case of Jay Palmer, the Infosys employee from Alabama who summoned the courage to blow the whistle on alleged visa fraud at the Indian IT services provider. Those allegations would prompt grand jury subpoenas and spark a multi-agency investigation of Infosys’s conduct by the U.S. government.
Beyond the government investigation, it was evident from the outset that the case would have far-reaching consequences. The first of many times I would interview Kenny Mendelsohn, Palmer’s attorney, was in March, 2011. Among the questions I asked Mendelsohn in that very first interview was this one: “Do you think there's a case for a class-action lawsuit by U.S technology workers who believe visa fraud is depriving them of job opportunities, because positions are being filled by people working here under fraudulent circumstances?”
There was a pause, and then Mendelsohn responded in his slow, Alabama drawl.
“I haven't really studied it. In the back of my mind, it makes me think there could be,” he said, clearly intrigued by the question. “I haven't really gathered all the factual information or ever focused on it. But as you ask the question about class action, I'm thinking maybe there is a potential there...”
This lawsuit may have legs and may be the final nail in the coffin for Infosys.
Grant Gross, a worthy insurgent, has also covered the story at ComputerWorld. The Wall Street Journal, that notorious pro-slumdog publication, has even picked up the story, in an article written of course by some Desi writer. Slashdot is on the case, as is much of the IT media.
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