Infosys faces new visa fraud allegation

Former employee says he was harassed after he raised concerns about B-1 visa use at the offshoring company

By , Computerworld |  IT Management, Infosys, outsourcing

Unlike the H-1B visa, the B-1 visa doesn't include any prevailing wage or federal tax requirements. It's intended for short-term uses, such as consulting, attending a convention, negotiating a contract.

Tripuraneni said in the lawsuit he raised the "illegal practices" with his supervisor, and later the company's internal whistleblower team. As a result, Tripuraneni alleges he was "the subject of a systematic campaign of retaliation" by his supervisor, along with negative performance evaluations.

In February, an anonymous caller threatened his family, according to the lawsuit. He resigned from his job in March.

Asked to respond to Tripuraneni's complaint, Infosys said in a written statement that "shortly after Mr. Tripuraneni filed his complaint with the Infosys whistleblower team, per our policy, the company launched a comprehensive investigation of his allegations. That investigation is continuing."

Palmer's case against Infosys is schedule to begin with jury selection Aug. 20 in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala.

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

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