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I was screwed over by Cisco supervisors who imposed India’s caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

I was screwed over by Cisco supervisors who imposed India’s caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer
A senior engineer working at Cisco headquarters in Silicon Valley claims he was mistreated by coworkers and managers because of his Indian caste status – and that HR ignored his complaints about the matter. Cisco denies any wrongdoing. The John Doe plaintiff, represented by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, has 20 years of…

A senior engineer working at Cisco headquarters in Silicon Valley declares he was mistreated by coworkers and supervisors since of his Indian caste status– and that HR disregarded his complaints about the matter.

Cisco rejects any misbehavior.

The John Doe complainant, represented by California’s Department of Fair Work and Housing, has 20 years of software development experience, and immigrated to the US from India, we’re informed. He alleges that, after taking a task at Cisco in San Jose in 2015, his Indian coworkers at the networking giant abused him because he was a member of the Dalit caste, a group at the bottom of India’s caste social structure and thought about “untouchable” by some in higher castes.

” Although de jure segregation ended in India, lower caste persons like Dalits continue to face de facto segregation and discrimination in all spheres,” declared the claim’s documentation [PDF], filed today in a federal district court in the Golden State.

” Not just do Dalits withstand the most serious inequality and unjust treatment in both the public and economic sectors, they are typically targets of hate violence and torture.”


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The filing specified that of the lots of Indian workers who pertain to the United States, just 1.5 per cent are Dalits. Cisco is among the top 5 tech companies employing H-1B technical visa workers, and 70 percent of visa holders come from India.

The plaintiff specifies that he went to the Indian Institute of Technology with one Cisco mananger, Sundar Iyer, who is of the greatest Brahmin caste. Iyer is accused of sharing Doe’s untouchable status with another Indian supervisor and utilizing that info to make the complainant’s working life hard.

” Since both understood Doe is Dalit, they had specific expectations for him at Cisco,” the claim alleged. “Doe was anticipated to accept a caste hierarchy within the workplace where Doe held the most affordable status within the team and, as an outcome, received less pay, less opportunities, and other inferior terms and conditions of work since of his religion, origins, national origin/ethnicity, and race/color.

” They also anticipated him to endure a hostile work environment. When Doe unexpectedly opposed the illegal practices, contrary to the conventional order between the Dalit and higher castes, Defendants struck back versus him.”

That retaliation allegedly included reducing the plaintiff’s duties, passing him up for promos and raises, and taking other staff member off of his tasks in an attempt to separate him.

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Doe did take the matter up with HR, though his complaint went nowhere, he declared. The suit declared this sort of treatment is not unusual at Cisco’s Silicon Valley school and at its facilities in India. Despite having a large number of Indian and South Asian staff members, Doe stated Cisco appeared oblivious to the caste discrimination or was unwilling to do anything about it.

” Although Cisco has used a predominantly South Asian Indian labor force for decades, Cisco was– and continues to be– entirely unprepared to prevent, solution, or prevent the illegal conduct against Doe or similarly situated lower caste employees,” the filing mentioned. “Additionally, Cisco’s training was deficient in that it did not sufficiently train supervisory staff members on workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, nor did the company avoid, prevent, correct, or display casteism in its workforce.”

We asked the IT titan to comment on the claims, and a representative informed us: “Cisco is dedicated to an inclusive workplace for all.

The complaint, being heard in San Jose by Judge Nathanael Cousins, seeks damages for declared violations of US workplace discrimination laws along with retaliation and several infractions of the Fair Work and Real Estate Act. ®

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