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Support Grows For Indian In US Who Alleged Discrimination At Tech Firm

State of California alleges tech employer violated civil rights legal guidelines. (Representational)


The Ambedkar International Center (AIC), a US-based group combating in opposition to caste discrimination on Tuesday approached the California Supreme Court to be admitted as an amicus curiae in a case that entails caste discrimination within the office.

Amicus curiae, actually that means “friend of the court”, is an individual or group who isn’t social gathering to the litigation at hand, however is allowed to advise the courtroom on some extent of regulation or reality immediately in regards to the lawsuit.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) vs Cisco Systems Inc, Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella case of caste discrimination within the office is scheduled for listening to on March 9.

California regulators final yr sued Cisco Systems, saying an engineer confronted discrimination on the firm’s Silicon Valley headquarters as a result of he’s a Dalit Indian.

The State of California alleges {that a} main tech-industry employer violated civil rights legal guidelines by discriminating in opposition to a employee of Indian-origin as a result of he was born right into a decrease caste.

“The Cisco caste discrimination case is a major milestone in the transnational anti-caste movement. In the US, it has forced the social and institutional operations of caste out of the shadows,” Ajantha Subramanian, chair, Department of Anthropology and professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University mentioned throughout an internet information convention.

The testimony of 1 brave Dalit engineer has opened the floodgates with many extra now keen to talk brazenly about their experiences of caste discrimination, she mentioned.

The AIC has submitted its amicus submitting to supply professional, and in depth data on caste discrimination.

Several Indian American teams have added their names within the temporary: Ambedkar King Study Circle, Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, Boston Study Group Inc., Ambedkarite Buddhist Association of Texas, Dr B R Ambedkar International Mission Center, Ambedkar Educational Aid Society, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha – Bay Area, California, International Bahujan Organization CA, and Hindus for Human Rights, USA amongst others.

Noting that the end result of this case will materially affect the lives of untouchables essentially the most, the AIC mentioned it firmly believes that authorized safety is the primary and a very powerful step within the combat for justice for Dalits.

“When a rare Dalit like John Doe (real identity protected) navigates the system fighting an existential struggle, makes it to the IITs and even manages to get into Silicon Valley’s tech companies, he is still mocked for being someone who does not make it to the main merit list.”

“Despite making it to the top, he is told over and over again that he can’t work, he doesn’t have the necessary skills, or he does not belong to the tech world of Cisco. No matter what a Dalit does, it’s never enough. How much do Dalits have to do to prove their worth?” mentioned Dr. Shailaja Paik, Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University and Associate Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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