Infosys vs Jack Palmer: Judge orders mediation

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

BANGALORE: A US Federal Judge has ordered IT major Infosys and Jack Palmer, the Infosys employee who accused the firm of a visa fraud in the US to meet and settle their disputes at a conference later this month, reports a US based news portal itbusinessedge. The case between Infosys and Palmer is expected to go to trial next month.

According to the report, US District Court Judge Myron H Thompson has ordered a mediation conference with counsels for both sides to attend the conference. "The two sides were directed to provide to the mediator, on or before July 23, confidential mediation statements that were not to be filed with the clerk’s office or to be served on each other," the report said.

Typically mediation conferences are held to aid rival parties settle their disputes in front of a neutral third party. An Infosys spokesperson told ET that this was a standard procedure. The Bangalore based company declined to comment further.

The incident came to light in February last year, when Jack Palmer, who has been working with Infosys as a principal consultant since 2008, accused the company of seeking his help to circumvent H1-B visa rules by sending unskilled employees to the US on short-term B1 business visas. According to Palmer, Infosys executives in the US committed the fraud to avoid paying taxes.

Foreign companies require H1B visas to send their employees to work in the US. Last month, former iGate CEO and former Infosys sales head Phaneesh Murthy had told ET that getting H1B visas had become harder and more expensive for Indian IT firms. "If you want to send 10 employees to the US, you have to apply for at least 30 visas. It’s become a lot harder," Murthy said in an interaction last month.

Palmer had also accused Infosys managers of mistreating him when he filed a complaint last year as a part of the company’s whistle blower policy. The mediation offer is for a civil case between Palmer and Infosys, which is expected to go on trial next month.

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