Without any legal merit, says Infosys.
By The American Bazaar Staff
NEW YORK: Infosys, India’s largest IT services provider based in Bangalore, has rubbished a new lawsuit brought out by a disgruntled former employee, Jack Palmer, in a district court in New Jersey, terming it as being “without any legal merit.”
Palmer had lost a prior lawsuit against Infosys in 2011, when his allegations of Infosys harassing him because he raised concerns about possible visa violations at the company, was thrown out in a court in Alabama, in 2012.
However, that lawsuit had ripple effects on Infosys, as it triggered a U.S. investigation of the company, and last year the company agreed to settle charges of visa fraud and errors in its hiring records for $34 million.
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Palmer’s new lawsuit, filed in New Jersey District Court on October 2, names Infosys, founder Narayana Murthy, and former CEO SD Shibulal as defendants, among others.
Palmer seeks reappointment and compensation for wrongful termination from employment, in 2013. He alleges that he had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor in May, which was not responded to, and henceforth, had no recourse left, but to file a lawsuit against Infosys for his grievances.
Infosys has, however, rubbished Palmer’s new allegations as raking up matters that have already been settled amicably.
In an email to The American Bazaar, John Gallagher, Director, Brunswick Group LLC, a leading international corporate relations and communications consultancy firm based in California, sent out a statement to express Infosys’ viewpoint:
“Palmer’s current complaint in the United States District Court in New Jersey is a repetition of issues that were tried and dismissed by a federal court in 2012. Palmer resigned in 2013 November and released the company from the charges he has alleged in the complaint. We believe this is without any legal merit and will vigorously defend this complaint. We expect the issue to be resolved at the earliest.”
Palmer’s lawsuit comes at a time when the Obama administration is likely to make decision on immigration reforms once the November elections are over. High on the agenda on the legal immigration front is a likely hike in the number of skilled worker H-1B visas for large corporations working in the STEM fields.
Palmer’s lawsuit is likely not going to have any effect on the executive decision president Barack Obama may take on increasing the number of skilled workers entering the country, but it again puts the spotlight on India’s $118 billion outsourcing industry.
Infosys and others in that sector would have to make appropriate changes in rules regarding hiring of personnel in the US, to avoid expensive litigation.