Infosys in soup over gender discrimination

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Bengaluru, Oct 7 : Infosys Technologies is again in a legal soup after an ex employee levelled allegations of discrimination against the company while hiring in the US.

She also alleged that the company retaliated when she highlighted its discriminatory actions.

The suit was filed by Infosys VP (Talent Acquisition) Jill Prejean in the US District Court Southern District of New York against Infosys, Infosys Senior VP and Head (Consulting) Mark Livingston and former partners Dan Albright and Jerry Kurtz.

In her complaint, Prejaen alleged that the partners allegedly expressed reluctance to hire additional consultants of Indian origin, women with children at home and candidates over 50 years of age.

She told the partners that these criteria were illegal, and most agreed not to use the criteria in the future.

Prejean said she intimated Livingston about it but he not only expressed anger but also “threatened” to remove her from her position if she did not capitulate.

She also alleged that she continued to endure harassment, hostility, and pressure from Livingston, Kurtz, and Albright during the subsequent months as part of a pressure campaign to persuade her to discriminate when recruiting Infosys employees.

After hearing the plea, the judge rejected the motion of Infosys to dismiss the claims of Prejean and asked the defendants to file their answer within 21 days from the date of this opinion and order.

Infosys has not yet issued any statement in this regard.

Prejean was hired in 2018, then 59 years old.


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