Infosys slapped with hiring lawsuit

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Infosys slapped with hiring lawsuit

Nearly six months after IT firm Infosys settled two different American lawsuits over potential visa fraud, the company is facing a fresh one. A Wisconsin-based IT professional has filed a lawsuit against Infosys, alleging that the software services exporter discriminates against U.S. job applicants in favour of South Asians for jobs in the U.S.

Brenda Koehler, an IT worker with over 15 years industry experience, alleges that while she was qualified for the position to which she applied, Infosys discriminated against her and chose to hire an individual of South Asian descent for the position.

'Infosys discriminates through disparate treatment in hiring and disparate impact in hiring in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,' Ms. Koehler’s lawyers write in the court documents, a copy of which is with The Hindu.

She had applied for a job as 'lead VMWare/Windows Administrator' at Infosys in early 2012.

According to the lawsuit, Ms. Koehler is seeking class action status for the 'thousands' of Americans not of South Asian descent [potential plaintiffs] who were denied jobs at Infosys since Jan 1, 2009.

An Infosys spokesperson however, categorically denied the allegations. "Infosys is an equal opportunity employer. We look forward to addressing this matter in court, not in public venues where facts can be mixed with rumour, opinion and speculation," the spokesperson said.

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