San Jose, CA, August 15, 2018 – Kotchen & Low LLP filed a complaint today on behalf of a proposed class of employees and applicants alleging that HCL discriminates against non-South Asians in hiring, promotions, and terminations.

Plaintiffs allege that HCL discriminates against non-South Asians in four ways. First, HCL uses fraudulent H-1B visa applications to secure South Asian workers from overseas, and gives preference to those workers ahead of American workers. Second, HCL gives substantial preference to South Asian applicants when hiring for local positions in the U.S. Third, HCL consistently promotes more South Asian employees than their non-South Asian counterparts. Fourth, HCL benches and terminates non-South Asians at disproportionately higher rates. At least 70% of HCL’s employees are South Asian, despite South Asians making up about 12% of the U.S. IT Industry, according to the complaint.

The named plaintiff is Reese Voll, former HCL employee who alleges that HCL discriminated against him on the basis of race. The proposed class is defined as: All individuals who are not of South Asian race who applied for positions with (or within) HCL in the U.S. and were not hired, who were employed by HCL in the U.S. and sought a promotion but were not promoted, and/or who were employed by HCL in the U.S. and were involuntarily terminated.

Individuals with information or experience with discrimination at HCL are encouraged to contact Kotchen & Low LLP at info @kotchen.com. For example, if you are a non-South Asian individual who applied for a position or promotion at HCL and was rejected, was benched, or was terminated, you may have been the victim of discrimination.

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