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US employee accuses Infosys of visa and tax fraud

Offshore outsourcing firm Infosys Technologies is facing tax and visa fraud charges after an employee filed a case against the company last week, according to reports in India.

Jack Palmer, who has been working with the company as a principal consultant in the US, has filed a complaint with the Alabama Court. Palmer alleges the company was sending employees to work full-time in the US on B1 visas meant for visitors, Palmer also alleged that Infosys is not paying federal and state taxes in the US, said The Times of India.

He is seeking punitive damages for breach of contract, expenses, intentional infliction of emotional distress, outrage, negligence and wanton misconduct, and legal misrepresentation and fraud.

Since filing his report, he says, he has been "subjected to constant harassment, threats, and retaliation" including "numerous threatening phone calls"; monitoring of his e-mails; "racial taunts or slurs, including being called 'a stupid American' and criticised for being a Christian"; refusal to pay his bonuses; refusal to "reimburse him for customary and substantial expenses"; and being forced to work more than 70 hours a week "without appropriate compensation," reported the Court House News Service.

Infosys employs more than 15,000 foreign workers in the US. The company told The Times of India that it intends to defend itself.


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