Conchita Sutphin

Cisco Sued for Discrimination Based on Caste

In an unconventional situation of discrimination by caste, the condition of California has alleged two managers at Cisco Techniques harassed a fellow Indian-American personnel for the reason that he will come from the lowest social group in India’s caste method.

The accommodate submitted on Tuesday by California’s Office of Reasonable Work and Housing (DFEH) also names Cisco as a defendant, declaring the networking products large unsuccessful to reduce the alleged harassment of an engineer determined only as John Doe or address the difficulty of caste-based discrimination in its workforce.

“For many years, very similar to Doe’s group, Cisco’s complex workforce has been — and continues to be — predominantly South Asian Indian,” the DFEH mentioned in its complaint, noting that a lot more than 70% of Cisco’s H1-B visa personnel arrive from India.

U.S. employment legislation does not specially bar caste-based discrimination but the DFEH contends Cisco subjected Doe to

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