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‘Palmer intent on spreading falsehood’: Infosys reaction

‘Palmer intent on spreading falsehood’: Infosys reaction
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First Published: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 05 06 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 05 06 PM IST
New Delhi: Infosys Ltd., India’s second-largest software services company, said its employee Jack Palmer’s testimony on Tuesday before a Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration was “full of inaccuracies, exaggerations and falsehoods.”
Palmer in a lawsuit against Infosys, filed in February this year, has accused the company of sending Indian workers to the US to work full time in violation of American immigration law as a profit-making strategy.
The suit led to an ongoing US department of justice investigation on whether the company has been using business visas—short-term, non-work visas issued to people coming to the US for such purposes as attending meetings or seminars—instead of proper work visas.
Palmer’s remarks were “full of inaccuracies, exaggerations and falsehoods,” Paul N. Gottsegen, chief marketing officer for Infosys, said in a statement.
“There is not, nor was there ever a strategy, scheme, or policy by the company to use the B-1 visa program to circumvent the H-1B visa program,” Gottsegen said. “The company did not have a practice of sending unskilled employees to the United States on B-1 visas to do the work expected of skilled individuals in the US on H-1B visas.”
On Tuesday, Palmer elaborated on the scale of Infosys’ alleged violations and claimed that he had received evidence that other Indian firms were doing similar things. “My attorney and I have received over 40 correspondences from individuals at other Indian companies stating that the same type of H-1B and B1 fraud is being committed,” he said.
According to Palmer, since he filed the suit against Infosys in February he has obtained information from other Infosys employees regarding “illegal B1 workers at Wal-Mart, Johnson Control, Goldman Sachs, American Express and other customers”.
“We take very seriously our obligations under the law and specifically our responsibilities to comply with the immigration laws and visa requirements in all jurisdictions where we have clients,” said Gottsegen. “Mr. Palmer is obviously intent on spreading his falsehoods about Infosys and our business practices as broadly as possible in order to advance his objective of getting as big of a payout as he can from the company.”
In his testimony Palmer has also said he had first tried to report the matter to the internal whistleblower but he was “ignored”. “Infosys has maliciously violated the spirit of the whistleblower policy and the law,” he stated.
To this Gottsegen has said, “Mr Palmer’s complaints to the company were handled in complete accordance with our published procedures for handling whistleblower complaints and in compliance with the law. The company did not retaliate against or mistreat Mr. Palmer in any way.”
Infosys’ response to Palmer’s allegations has been reported by several publications.
surabhi.a@livemint.com
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First Published: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 05 06 PM IST