Big H-1B Employer Infosys Sued Again for Racial Discrimination

By David North on June 23, 2017

Infosys, one of the largest Indian outsourcing companies, has been sued, yet again, for discrimination against non-Indian workers, as the Dallas Morning News reported recently.

The firm, which sought more H-1B workers than any other company in the United States in 2016 — 33,289, according to the Myvisajobs website — was hauled into court by Erin Green, a non-Indian U.S. citizen and a former supervisor at the firm. In his filing, he pointed out that while "less than 5 percent of the U. S. population is of the South Asian race and national origin, roughly 93 percent to 94 percent of Infosys's United States workforce "is of the South Asian national origin, (primarily Indian)."

He said that his career had been undermined once he was assigned to an Indian supervisor.

Somewhat similar suits are pending in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania courts and, as my colleague, John Miano, reported at the time, Infosys paid $34 million in 2013 to settle yet another suit along these lines.

The problem, of course, is not just with Infosys, but with all the Indian outsourcing firms, which relentlessly, year after year, hire large numbers of H-1Bs who are inevitably 98 percent-plus from India. The discrimination, as I documented earlier this year, is not just in favor of people from that country, it is in favor of young Indian males from the southernmost part of the nation.

Will Congress and the executive branch, which have both ignored this situation for years, take up the issue? Big business, which hires the outsourcing companies, likes the status quo and resists all suggestions that the H-1B program be reformed or decreased in size.