Friday, October 18, 2013

H1B Visa Abuse

From October 17, 2013 Computerworld:
Computerworld - WASHINGTON - One of the largest users of H-1B visas, Infosys, is facing a federal class action discrimination lawsuit filed against it by four people, and may be close to reaching a potential multimillion dollar settlement with the U.S. government over allegations it misused visitor visas.

In the class action suit, four IT and sales people broadly claim that Infosys, an India-based IT services provider, has a U.S., workforce that consists of "roughly" 90% South Asian, primarily Indian, citizens. The lopsided workforce is a result of "intentional employment discrimination," the lawsuit alleges. 
An allegation by several of the plaintiffs is that they were systematically excluded from participating in business meetings because everyone was speaking Hindi.  Of some importance: a number of these were government contracts in the U.S.

2 comments:

PhaseMargin said...

IT is rife with this. Take a look at how IBM settled a claim about targeting exclusively H-1B visa applicants. Ironically, I know folks who got more money not to sue when they left there than the government settled for. It's nice to see high tech companies screaming for so much talent when unemployment in IT is so high.

Unknown said...

If the USCIS starts performing audits on other Indian companies such as Wipro, HCL , Cognizant, each one of them would end up paying multi million dollar penalties. I worked for several big companies in the bay area such as Apple , Vmware, Cisco to name a few and USCIS has no clue how much fraud occurs in these companies. Manager get kickbacks to hire offshore resources. Job postings are never put on websites , secretly discussed between hiring managers and vendor companies. Hopefully, H1B audits for companies in the bay area will bring the shocking truth of where the real jobs go.