Two Cisco supervisors within the Golden State, Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella, are named within the swimsuit for discriminating towards and harassing a Dalit worker

New York: California regulators have sued Cisco Systems, saying an engineer confronted discrimination on the firm’s Silicon Valley headquarters as a result of he’s a Dalit Indian.

India’s caste system lengthy positioned Dalits on the backside of a social hierarchy, as soon as terming them “untouchables”. Inequities and violence towards Dalits have endured for many years after India banned caste discrimination.

The engineer labored on a workforce at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters with Indians who all immigrated to the US as adults, and all of whom had been of excessive caste, in accordance with the lawsuit filed on Tuesday by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The “higher caste supervisors and co-workers imported the discriminatory system’s practices into their team and Cisco’s workplace,” the lawsuit says.

It says Cisco’s therapy of the worker, who is just not named, violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.

The Civil Rights Act bans employment discrimination based mostly on race, color, faith, intercourse and nationwide origin. The lawsuit notes the worker is Dalit Indian, and that he’s darker-complexioned than non-Dalit Indians.

“It is unacceptable for workplace conditions and opportunities to be determined by a hereditary social status determined by birth,” mentioned DFEH Director Kevin Kish.

Two males who had been Cisco supervisors and higher-caste Indians, Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella, are named within the swimsuit for discriminating and harassing the worker.

The worker acquired much less pay and fewer alternatives, and when he opposed “unlawful practices, contrary to the traditional order between the Dalit and higher castes, defendants retaliated against him,” the lawsuit says.

Cisco didn’t step to stop this discrimination, the swimsuit says.

The swimsuit says that Iyer instructed different employees that the worker was Dalit and enrolled at India’s prestigious Indian Institute of Technology by affirmative motion.

The worker contacted Cisco human relations, desirous to file a discrimination criticism towards Iyer, after which Iyer took away his duties and made different adjustments that diminished the worker’s function and made him really feel remoted from his coworkers. The swimsuit says Iyer disparaged the worker to coworkers and mentioned they need to keep away from him.

After Iyer stepped down, Kompella changed him, and the swimsuit says Kompella “continued to discriminate, harass, and retaliate” towards the worker, together with by “giving him assignments that were impossible to complete under the circumstances”.

The lawsuit says that Cisco investigated and didn’t “substantiate any caste-based or related discrimination or retaliation” towards the worker.

Cisco Systems Inc, a significant provider of laptop networking gear that makes the web work, mentioned in a press release that it’s dedicated to an inclusive office.

It mentioned it has “robust processes to report and investigate concerns raised by employees”, which it adopted on this case, and that it’s in compliance with all legal guidelines and its personal insurance policies. The firm mentioned will defend towards the allegations within the criticism.

Cisco spokeswoman Helen Saunders declined to say if Iyer and Kompella had been nonetheless at Cisco, referring a reporter to LinkedIn.

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