'Infosys slashed 80% of my portfolio'

'Infosys slashed 80% of my portfolio'

Former Infosys  employee Satya Dev Tripuraneni has alleged that the company took away 80 per cent of his  portfolio as punishment for reporting an alleged B1 visa fraud by the company in the United States.

In a petition filed with the District Court for the Northern District of California on August 2, 2012, Tripuraneni claimed that after his complaint to the US Department of Homeland Security alleging that the company was illegally using B1 visas to bring Indian employees for onsite work, his supervisor took away 80 per cent of his portfolio and gave him unwarranted negative evaluations.

Tripuraneni, a resident of Contra Costa County, California, had joined Infosys in Fremont, California, around March 26, 2007 as an accounts manager and left the company on March 6, 2012.

“In 2011, plaintiff (Tripuraneni) became aware of illegal and fraudulent activity on the part of his employer, Infosys… (and) was asked to bring a client to confidence to allow Infosys’ resource to come to the US and work on a B1 visa,” Tripuraneni’s complaint stated.

He also alleged that he was asked to persuade the client to agree not to bill a person onsite, but rather bill dummy resources outside the US who were not involved in the client’s business, adding that this had already been done for Cisco at that time.

Tripuraneni’s other allegations included that after informing his supervisor about the visa issue, he was given a negative evaluation and received a CRR (a measure of success at Infosys) score way below anything he had ever been awarded in the past.

However, in an emailed response to Deccan Herald on Monday, an Infosys spokesperson merely said, “Our investigation into Tripuraneni’s other claims in the lawsuit is continuing.”

Next step

As on Saturday last, the District Court for the Northern District of California said no defendant has appeared in the case yet. The Case Management Conference (a formal interaction between the judge and the parties) which typically happens after the lawsuit has been filed and before the case goes on trial is scheduled for November 2, 2012.

In 2011, Bangalore-based Infosys was sued by Jack Palmer on charges of B1 visa fraud.

This apart, Infosys is also being investigated by the US Department of Homeland Security for likely errors in Form I-9 information, which are used to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States.

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