Infosys denies allegation that it discriminated against Harley contract worker
Kelly Parker, a former contract worker, and Brenda Koehler, of Milwaukee, allege in the lawsuit that the outsourcing firm discriminated against American workers a year ago by replacing them with workers from South Asia. Infosys, which is based in India, has disputed the claims saying that the company faced a talent shortage in the U.S.
The case was filed in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Wisconsin in August 2013.
"Selection was based on skills and experience of the individuals. We reject any accusation that Infosys discriminates against applicants or employees based on their nationality or race," according to a statement by Tara Kozak-Lindsay, a spokeswoman for Infosys. "When we use H-1B visas to bring people with specific skills for short term engagements to work on projects for our clients, their salaries meet or exceed US Department of Labor mandated minimum levels for respective job categories. In addition, we recruit US residents to support our growing business. Today we have over 440 active openings across 20 states in the US for local hires."
At the time, Infosys had 17 locations and the center was expected to train 125 people, but Harley laid off 125 of its employees and of those, 83 were expected to have “preferential consideration” for Infosys jobs.
Infosys did not identify how many workers were hired onto the project, but Harley confirmed that some were hired.