Victory for corporate America and Hindu American Civil Rights as Cisco Systems Caste Discrimination Case gets landmark judgment

In a landmark decision, the court penalized the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) in a high-profile caste discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a “Dalit” employee against Cisco Systems. The case, which had brought widespread scrutiny and criticism to Indian American managers Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella, culminated in a verdict that awarded Cisco Systems a symbolic $2000 in sanctions against the CRD. While the penalty may seem minor, the judgment represents a significant win for both the Silicon Valley company and Hindu American civil rights.

The CRD, formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), had been accused of unfairly targeting Iyer and Kompella, labeling them as perpetrators of caste discrimination. However, a whistle-blower website exposed evidence of prosecutorial misconduct and fabrications by the CRD, bringing to light the flaws in the case.

Cisco caste case: Hindu American Foundation amends lawsuit against California Civil Rights Department

The Hindu American Foundation last week amended its complaint in federal court against the California Civil Rights Department in the Cisco caste discrimination case. The complaint states that the Civil Rights Department has violated several Constitutional rights of Hindus and Indian Americans living in California due to the manner in which it pursued its case alleging caste discrimination at Cisco Systems.

California rolls back caste-bias case partially, right-wing Hindus claim victory

California state has dropped its allegations of caste-based bias by two Indian-descent employees of IT giant Cisco but will continue the larger case against the company. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing had filed this case in 2020 based on a complaint from an unidentified employee of the company making it the first case of caste-based discrimination reported in the US.

Facebook appoints new India communications head

IANS- Facebook on Wednesday announced the appointment of former Cisco executive Bipasha Chakrabarti as its new communications head to lead the social media giant’s growing corporate communications and public relations mandate in India. As part of her new role as Communications Director at Facebook India, Chakrabarti will lead the communications charter for both Facebook and […]

Spotlight on US-India biz at Berkeley Haas conference

The matters discussed included trade wars, IPR, red tape, privacy and innovation Ritu Jha More than 250 people, including academics, executives, entrepreneurs, researchers and students attended the third-US-India Conference, held September 7 at the Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley, California. The daylong conference built around the theme “A transforming India: tapping growth opportunities” discussed […]

Women to the fore

While recent efforts have improved the situation in tech, a lot still needs to be done, according to the industry   Ritu Jha   “MeToo has changed a lot of things at offices.” That was Shanthi Iyer, vice president, information technology, Cisco discussing the effect of recent efforts to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. She […]