Infosys – Do we see a pattern here?

Dec 2009

Infosys management routinely disparaged Americans, including Mrs. Awasthi, as not having “family values,” and stated that layoffs in America are good because the jobs will be outsourced.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating the American holiday of Thanksgiving, telling her that she should not celebrate Thanksgiving because she is Indian, and that therefore she must work on Thanksgiving Day.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi’s children for celebrating Thanksgiving, and called them “ABCD” short for “American-Born Confused Desi,” and “IBCD” short for “Indian-Born Confused Desi,” insulting terms used to criticize people of Indian ancestry who are Americanized.

Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating Christmas, saying that “we” do not celebrate Christmas, and that she should not celebrate Christmas. Infosys management repeatedly discussed the quality of Mrs. Awasthi’s work by explicitly commenting on their expectations for “a woman your age.”

Oct 2014

It includes an account by Samuel Marrero, who worked as a recruiter in Infosys’s talent acquisition unit from 2011 until May 2013.

In weekly conference calls held by company officials, the lawsuit says, recruiters were encouraged to focus their efforts on Indian candidates and “stick to the talent we’re used to.”

In response, Marrero asked, “Are you saying you just want Indian talent?” One of the Infosys officials on the call, and identified in the complaint, allegedly responded: “Yes. They know our style and culture.”

The Infosys officials are identified in the lawsuit, one with the title of “senior vice president and global head,” the other as a “global enterprise officer lead.”

Jun 2020

Hot on the heels of the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, IT services giant Infosys Limited‘s American arm is facing a race discrimination suit in a Texas district court filed by its former diversity chief. Plaintiff Davina Linguist, who’s a US national of Afro-American race, has accused Infosys of firing her from the company after she testified against it in an earlier class-action lawsuit.

In October 2016, Linguist sat for a deposition in Koehler vs Infosys Technologies Ltd, a class action lawsuit which challenged Infosys’ pattern and practice of “discrimination against non-Indian employees”. During her deposition, she had testified while accusing Infosys of “discriminatory practices, including the fact that Infosys managers obstructed her efforts to increase the non-South Asian diversity of Infosys’ workforce”.

She also accused that Infosys’ counsel attempted to intimidate her by asking her irrelevant and invasive questions about her home life, her family members, her children, and her husband’s business. Linguist alleged that soon after her deposition, Infosys retaliated, stripping her of her title as the head of diversity recruiting (and replacing her with an individual with no relevant experience) and demoting her. On March 7, 2017, she alleged that she was forced to resign from her position at Infosys.

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