Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2017 – K&L filed a complaint today on behalf of a proposed class of employees and applicants alleging that Cognizant Technology Solutions discriminates against non-South Asians in hiring, promotions, and terminations.
Plaintiffs allege that Cognizant furthers its discriminatory preference for South Asians in four ways. First, Cognizant uses fraudulent H-1B visa applications to secure South Asian workers from overseas, and gives preference to those workers ahead of American workers. Second, Cognizant gives substantial preference to South Asian applicants when making local hires. Third, South Asian Cognizant employees consistently receive more promotions than their non-South Asian counterparts. Fourth, Cognizant fires non-South Asians at disproportionately high rates. At least 75% (if not more) of Cognizant’s employees are South Asian, despite South Asians making up about 12% of the U.S. IT Industry.
The named plaintiffs are Christy Palmer, Vartan Piroumian, and Edward Cox, who each allege that they were discriminated against in favor of South Asians.
This proposed class is defined as: All persons who are not of South Asian race and who applied for positions with (or within) Cognizant and were not hired, who were not promoted after being in a position at least 12 months, and/or who were terminated.
Individuals with information or experience with discrimination at Cognizant are encouraged to contact Kotchen & Low LLP at firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, if you are a non-South Asian individual who applied for a position or promotion at Cognizant and was rejected, was benched, or was terminated, you may have been the victim of discrimination.