Here is some of the most recent information regarding the controversy surrounding Indian IT giant Infosys. The actions of a large company based overseas may not initially seem relevant to the average employer or worker here in Columbus, but the way Infosys may or may not have manipulated the U.S. immigration systems could certainly have ramifications at home.
In May an attorney employed by Infosys named Jack Palmer Jr. filed a civil suit alleging his superiors at the company tried to get him to circumvent U.S. regulations regarding visas. Additionally, Palmer claimed that when he informed his employer of illegal activity it did nothing to correct the problem.
The result of Palmer coming forward is that federal prosecutors are currently assembling a case against Infosys. So far Infosys has not publicly responded to the charges, though it denied Palmer's claims in court filings. Late last month the company filed a motion compelling arbitration in the case, the result of which would be to have the case heard behind closed doors.
In his suit Palmer alleges that Infosys wanted him to help them "creatively" navigate around restrictions put in place to make acquiring H-1B visas more time-consuming. According to Palmer Infosys made the decision to use B-1 visas - easier to obtain but used primarily for shorter visits - to game the system.
Infosys, Palmer says, asked him to write letters on behalf of the workers to be used in the B-1 application process. In those letters he was to state the employees were only visiting for short periods of time, when the truth was they had full-time employment waiting in the U.S.
Palmer refused to write the letters, after which he says he was told he was "not being 'a team player.'"