Jill Prejean, the former vice president of talent acquisition at Infosys, said in a US court that the Bengaluru-based IT major instructed her to avoid employing persons of Indian origin, women with young children at home, and applicants older than 50.
The Indian IT company is being accused for the second time of discriminatory employment practices in the United States.
Infosys, Mark Livingston, a former senior vice president and director of consulting, and former business partners Dan Albright and Jerry Kurtz are the defendants in Prejean’s complaint.
In her case, the former vice president of Infosys claimed that she was terminated unjustly because she opposed to Kurtz and Albright’s illegal demands for senior executive recruiting. In addition, she asserted that they “became aggressive” toward her after she rejected their demands.
The complainant was engaged to locate “difficult-to-find executives” to work as partners or vice presidents in the company’s consulting division. At the age of 59, she was hired for the role in 2018.
According to her complaint, “she was astonished to discover a pervasive culture of illegal discriminatory animus based on age, gender, and caregiver position among partner-level executives.”
The case also asserts that Prejean lost her job as a result of the discrimination, which violated New York City’s human rights legislation.
The court further ordered the defendants to answer to the claims within 21 days of the order date, September 30.
According to Infosys and the executives who have been charged, the action should be dismissed because the plaintiff failed to cite specific statements as evidence.
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