On Tuesday, California regulators sued Cisco Systems Inc. Cisco Systems accused of discriminating against an Indian-American employee. The accusation further said that the Cisco allowed the harassment by two managers on the Indian-American employee. The Indian-American employee was from a lower caste of India.
US employment law does not specifically bar caste-based discrimination, but the California Fair Employment and Housing department contend in the lawsuit that the Hindu faith’s lingering caste system is based on protected classes such as religion.
The victim’s name has not been disclosed. As per the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, the Indian man was a Dalit. Since 2015 he has been working at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters as a principal engineer. The workforce of Cisco consists of thousands of Indian immigrants, mostly Brahmins or other higher castes than Dalit.
Defendants in the lawsuit also included ex-engineering managers of Cisco. Defendants named Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kopella.
California Accused Cisco Of Discriminating Indian Dalit Man
Robyn Blum, the spokeswoman of Cisco said, “Cisco is committed to an inclusive workplace for all.” She further said, “We were fully in compliance with all laws as well as our own policies.”
However, an immediate response was not provided from defendants. It was not revealed if the two defendants have retained attorneys.
As per a report in 2018 by the civil rights group Equality Labs found that, as cited in the lawsuit, upon surveying 67 per-cent Dalits felt an unfair treatment at their workplaces in the US.
The harassed employee, unnamed, at Cisco, reported Iyer to HR for outcasting him as Dalig among all colleagues. However, Iyer stood against it, but Cisco stood firmly stating caste discrimination as not an illegal thing, as per lawsuits.
Further, it states that Cisco segregated the employee and reassigned him. The company further rejected opportunities and raise in salary. This all led the deprivement of promotions for the harassed man according to the lawsuit.