‘No Discrimination Against Non-South Asians’: US Jury Rules In Favour Of TCS In Class Action Suit

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A nine-member United States jury has unanimously ruled in favour of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in a class action suit filed against it by its employees, law360.com has reported. The case was heard in a court in Oakland, California.

The class-action lawsuit filed by three former TCS employees, Christopher Slaight, Seyed Amir Masoudi and Nobel Mandili had claimed that they received fewer work opportunities and were eventually fired because of their racial and national identities.

Daniel Kotchen, the attorney representing former TCS employees had presented data showing that the company has fired lesser than one per cent of its South Asian employees (who are mostly Indian) in the US. They claimed that this was lesser compared to 10.6 per cent of non-South Asian employees who had lost their jobs in TCS.

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The suit filed by former TCS employees alleged that the company let go of 78 per cent of its non-South Asian workers who were taken off their assignments between 2011 and 2014. They also pointed out that only 22 per cent of benched South Asians were fired.

TCS executives in their response to allegations testified that the company had raised its year-over-year retention from 69 per cent to 82 per cent. It also pointed out that the company had increased the recruitment of US residents.

The lawyer representing TCS, Terry Garnett argued that the company's data shows a 400 per cent increase in local employees since 2011. Garnett argued that most of the workers who had been fired were let go due to their refusal to relocate. These arguments lead to a unanimous ruling in favour of TCS.

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