Social News XYZ     

California’s DFEH Sues Cisco Systems Inc And Former Managers For Caste Based Discrimination

Federal Suit Alleges Managers Discriminated Against Engineer Because He is Dalit, Formerly Known as “Untouchable”

Sacramento – The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a federal lawsuit today under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (Title VII), and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), against Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco) and
two managers for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

The lawsuit alleges that managers at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters campus, which employs a predominantly South Asian workforce, harassed, discriminated, and retaliated against an engineer because he is Dalit Indian, a population once known as the “untouchables” under India’s centuries-old caste system. A 2018 survey of South Asians in the U.S. found that 67% of Dalits reported being treated unfairly at their American workplaces.

 

The lawsuit alleges that Complainant was expected to accept a caste hierarchy within the workplace where he held the lowest status within a team of higher-caste colleagues, receiving less pay, fewer opportunities, and other inferior terms and conditions of employment because of his religion, ancestry, national origin/ethnicity, and race/color.

“It is unacceptable for workplace conditions and opportunities to be determined by a hereditary social status determined by birth,” said DFEH Director Kevin Kish. “Employers must be prepared to prevent, remedy, and deter unlawful conduct against workers because of caste.”

On January 1, 2020, California Assembly Bill No. 1820 went into effect, authorizing DFEH to file lawsuits for violations of certain federal civil rights laws, including Title VII. Chief Counsel Janette Wipper, Senior Staff Counsel Siri Thanasombat, and Staff Counsel Jeanette Hawn represent DFEH in this matter. The case is captioned Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al., Case No. 5:20-cv-04374 (Northern District of California).

Facebook Comments
California's DFEH Sues Cisco Systems Inc And Former Managers For Caste Based Discrimination

About Gopi

Gopi Adusumilli is a Programmer. He is the editor of SocialNews.XYZ and President of AGK Fire Inc.

He enjoys designing websites, developing mobile applications and publishing news articles on current events from various authenticated news sources.

When it comes to writing he likes to write about current world politics and Indian Movies. His future plans include developing SocialNews.XYZ into a News website that has no bias or judgment towards any.

He can be reached at gopi@socialnews.xyz

Advertisements
PHP Code Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com
%d bloggers like this: