first_imgCognizant Technology Solutions Corp. has said that the civil rights lawsuit filed against the company by American workers who accuse it of bias against employees who aren’t Indian, is wrong. The laid-off employees allege that they were fired and replaced by “less qualified” South Asian employees.At least three former American employees — Christy Palmer, Edward Cox, Vartan Piroumian — accused the firm of forcing them out of their jobs. They said they were treated poorly by Indian supervisors and colleagues, denied promotions and were given low-performance ratings. according to Bloomberg. The case was filed in September 2017 and the information technology giant could face a class action.The plaintiffs have accused the company of using fraudulent H-1B visa applications to secure South Asian workers from overseas, giving them preference to over American workers. Even when making local hires, the company favors South Asians, the complaint said. South Asians are also given more promotions than their non-South Asian counterparts and it the company non-South Asians at disproportionately high rates. At least 75 per cent (if not more) of Cognizant’s employees are South Asian, despite South Asians making up about 12 per cent of the American IT Industry, the complaint said.Cognizant contends that the accusations against the firm are not covered by federal civil rights law. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, but plaintiffs’ factual allegations, on their face, plainly pertain to a claim of discrimination based on national origin — not race,” Cognizant said in a court filing. It also said that the complaint is clearly targeted at “visa holders, but visa-status allegations have nothing to do with race.”U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said on March 15 in Los Angeles that she would rule on Cognizant’s request to dismiss the claims without a hearing.Cognizant is the biggest United States-based sponsor of H-1B visas, and received received 29,000 H-1B visas in 2017. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) received the second most number of H-1B visas, according to the Department of Homeland Services.Cognizant isn’t the only IT firm that has been accused of preferring Indian employees.TCS faced a similar lawsuit in 2017. The California judge rejected a request from TCS to dismiss a 2015 lawsuit accusing it of violating anti-discrimination laws by favoring South Asians. The case was expanded into a class action lawsuit.The law firm representing disgruntled TCS and Cognizant employees is also accusing Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., two other IT outsourcing firms, of similar practices.While TCS, Infosys and Wipro are headquartered in India, Cognizant is based out of Teaneck, New Jersey. Related ItemsCognizantInfosystata consultancy serviceslast_img read more

first_imgAt OpenView, we pride ourselves in having a tight focus. We invest exclusively in B2B software companies at the expansion stage. But what exactly does “expansion stage” mean? The term itself, without context, is admittedly vague, and people often have different definitions for what places a company squarely in the expansion-stage bucket. It can really depend on who you ask. Here at OpenView however, given that this is where we collectively focus 100% of our efforts, I think you will hear a pretty consistent message across the firm.When Have You Reached the Expansion Stage? Two Big CriteriaFor the OpenView team, there are a couple of factors which we are constantly evaluating to make the “expansion stage” assessment:1) Product Market FitHas this been established? Have you found an acute pain point and developed a solution that addresses that particular issue effectively? Without overcoming this initial hurdle, a company cannot truly be ready for long-term, sustainable growth. Granted, there may be iterations and new features on the product road map over time, but that initial fit is essential.2) Repeatability on the Go-to-Market FrontThis is a very important element when determining whether a company is primed for aggressive, expansion-stage growth. Pouring capital into a sales engine without some semblance of repeatability is akin to wearing a blindfold. How can you truly know if you are chasing the right types of customers and acquiring them efficiently? For tips on developing a focused, repeatable go-to-market strategy, read this series of posts from OpenView founder and Senior Managing Director Scott Maxwell.Is This Where You’re At?With these two, initial measuring sticks as a guide, we can help determine whether a company is primed for the expansion stage and whether or not we are the right partner to help fuel their future growth. If this happens to describe you, lets talk!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more