In an strange situation of discrimination by caste, the condition of California has alleged two managers at Cisco Units harassed a fellow Indian-American employee simply because he will come from the most affordable social group in India’s caste technique.
The match submitted on Tuesday by California’s Department of Fair Work and Housing (DFEH) also names Cisco as a defendant, professing the networking gear huge unsuccessful to protect against the alleged harassment of an engineer discovered only as John Doe or handle the dilemma of caste-based mostly discrimination in its workforce.
“For decades, very similar to Doe’s staff, Cisco’s specialized workforce has been — and proceeds to be — predominantly South Asian Indian,” the DFEH claimed in its complaint, noting that additional than 70% of Cisco’s H1-B visa staff arrive from India.
U.S. work legislation does not specifically bar caste-based mostly discrimination but the DFEH contends Cisco subjected Doe to “disparate conditions and situations of work based mostly on his religion, ancestry, countrywide origin/ethnicity, and race/colour.”
“It is unacceptable for workplace situations and options to be identified by a hereditary social position identified by delivery,” DFEH Director Kevin Kish claimed in a information launch. “Employers need to be prepared to protect against, treatment, and discourage illegal carry out in opposition to staff simply because of caste.”
According to the DFEH, Doe was born at the bottom of India’s caste hierarchy as a Dalit, after referred to as “untouchables.” As a principal engineer at Cisco, he has labored with a staff of fully Indian staff members, all of whom, other than for him, are from larger castes.
As beneficiaries of the caste technique, Doe’s larger caste supervisors Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella and co-staff allegedly “imported the discriminatory system’s tactics into their staff and Cisco’s workplace.”
“Doe was anticipated to acknowledge a caste hierarchy inside of the workplace where by Doe held the most affordable position inside of the staff and, as a consequence, gained significantly less fork out, fewer options, and other inferior conditions and situations of work,” the match suggests.
The DFEH also claims Doe’s supervisors retaliated in opposition to him when he “unexpectedly opposed the illegal tactics, contrary to the regular buy between the Dalit and larger castes.”
A 2018 survey by the civil legal rights group Equality Labs found that sixty seven% of Dalits felt they were being addressed unfairly at their U.S. workplaces.