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Infosys accused of "Discriminating Against US Workers" in lawsuit

More legal woes for Infosys in the United States.

A Wisconsin-based IT professional is suing the Indian tech giant for allegedly "discriminating against US job applicants in favour of South Asians", according to reports.

The lawsuit has been filed by Brenda Koehler who had applied for the position of Windows Administrator at the company in April 2012.

Ms Koehler alleges that she was passed on for the job - and a Bangladeshi applicant chosen - in spite of meeting all the requirements for the position.

Ms Koehler's suit alleges: "Infosys has engaged in systematic, company-wide discrimination against individuals based upon their national origin.  Specifically, Infosys has discriminated against individuals who are not of South Asian (including but not necessarily limited to India, Nepal, Bangladesh) descent.  Infosys discriminates against these individuals through disparate treatment in hiring in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991."

The lawsuit further states that 90% of the more than 15,000 Infosys employees in the United States are of South Asian origin and the company has "reached this grossly disproportionate workforce by directly discriminating against individuals who are not of South Asian decent" by "abusing the H-1B visa (temporary work permit) process to bring workers of South Asian descent into the country rather than hiring qualified individuals already in the United States".

Even more damningly, Ms Koehler alleges that Infosys is "abusing the B-1 Visa , and by abusing the B-1 visa (Short-stay visa) system to bring workers of South Asian descent into the United States to perform work not allowed by their visa status rather than hiring individuals already in the United States to perform the work."

An Infosys spokesman denied the allegations saying, "We are an equal opportunity employer".

In 2012 another American employee filed a lawsuit against Infosys, accusing the company of attempting to circumvent US visa laws and of using short term business visas instead of work visas meant for highly-skilled workers.

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