BENGALURU: Five US-based former employees of IT services provider Wipro have filed a class action suit against the Bengaluru-headquartered company alleging “discriminatory employment practices” based on race and nationality.
The suit was filed last month in the district court of New Jersey.
These employees have sought “injunctive, declaratory, equitable, and monetary relief for Wipro’s systematic pattern and practice of discriminatory employment practices based upon individuals’ race and national origin.
According to the suit, the five former employees of Wipro, Gregory MacLean, Rick Valles, Ardeshir Pezeshki, James Gibbs and Ronald Hemenway, have alleged “discrimination” against who are not of South Asian and Indian origin.
Four of these employees are of American origin, while one of them is of Iranian national origin and resident of California.
“Wipro operates under a general policy of discrimination in favor of South Asians and against individuals who are not South Asian and not Indian. This general policy of discrimination manifests itself in the same general fashion with respect to Wipro’s hiring, staffing, promotion, and termination decisions,’ alleged the former employees in the suit.
Meanwhile, Wipro declined to comment on the development saying the matter is sub judice.