Allegations Surface Against TCS for Alleged Discrimination in Hiring Practices, Favoring H-1B Visa Holders

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A group of American professionals has come forward with serious allegations against Indian IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), claiming that they were unfairly terminated from their jobs and replaced by Indian workers holding H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program, allowing US companies to employ skilled foreign workers in specialty occupations, has long been a subject of debate regarding its impact on American employment.

According to reports, at least 22 American workers have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that TCS discriminated against them based on race and age. These former employees, spanning various ethnic backgrounds and ranging from their 40s to their 60s, allege that TCS abruptly terminated their employment and substituted them with lower-paid Indian immigrants on H-1B visas.

While layoffs affecting seniority are common in the corporate world, the American professionals accuse TCS of targeting them based on protected characteristics such as age and race, which would constitute unlawful discrimination. These affected workers reside in numerous states across the US and hold advanced degrees, including MBAs.

TCS has vehemently denied these allegations, stating that it has always maintained a strong commitment to equal opportunity employment and operates with integrity in its operations. The company spokesperson refuted the claims, calling them meritless.

The H-1B visa program, which issues a limited number of visas annually, has faced criticism for potentially displacing American workers and driving down wages by enabling companies to recruit cheaper labor from overseas. Tech firms, in particular, heavily rely on this program to attract talent globally.

The selection process for H-1B visas involves a lottery system conducted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, with employers sponsoring selected applicants. The allegations against TCS highlight the ongoing tensions surrounding immigration policies and their impact on domestic job markets in the United States.

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