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IT worker's lawsuit accuses Tata of discrimination

Patrick Thibodeau | April 17, 2015
IT services firm alleged to have overwhelmingly South Asian workforce in U.S.

In regard to its U.S. hiring, Trounson said last year alone it recruited more than 2,600 U.S. hires, "many of whom are working on technologies and systems that support critical client needs and help to drive America's innovation economy."

Heldt began the process leading up to a lawsuit by filing a complaint under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.

Donna Conroy, who heads the tech advocacy group Bright Future Jobs, which highlights discriminatory hiring practices in job ads, said Title VII lawsuits "are unique in their power to force cultural and policy changes in an entire industry.

"Whether they are won or lost, the publicity educates readers on proper and improper conduct from HR," Conroy said.

With this lawsuit, Conroy said, "we can start the process of exonerating the American IT workforce who have been relentlessly denigrated in order to hide the tech industry's widespread practice of discriminating against Americans."

 

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