Now that Infosys is one of the fastest growing IT company with more than $2 billion revenue, Infosys is being targeted for class action lawsuits. One of my old friends in Los Angeles emailed me the news that a leading law firm is investigating claims against Infosys Technologies offices in California for allegedly not paying overtime wages to immigrant computer programmers.
Source: LawyersAndSettlements.com, February 2006.
It is alleged that computer workers from India are brought to the US on H-1B and paid considerably more than in India but considerably less than other workers and less than the exempt-status requirement.
California Labor Laws protect employees from unfair business practices such as unpaid overtime and benefits. California Labor Code 515.5 states that California-based employees, whether a U.S. citizen or foreign citizen holding a H-1B visa, working in the computer software field may be exempt from overtime pay if they meet several requirements. If a California-based computer software employee is not paid at least $47.81 per hour or the annual salary equivalent of $99,445, and works more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, they may be entitled to overtime wages.
The website says that in a similar case, a lawsuit has been filed against computer manufacturing giant, IBM for not paying overtime to thousands of employees, computer installers and computer networkers.
LawyersAndSettlements.com also provides a form to submit your complaint if you belong to this category, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible Infosys Unpaid Overtime lawsuit.
It is true that Indian Software Professionals, working in USA or India or Europe, be from Infosys or Wipro, are working more than 8 hours a day, sometimes even during weekends without any overtime wage. It is true that the software professionals are paid high in India. But when comparing the salaries of software professionals working in the USA on deputation from Indian companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS or Satyam, they are not paid good enough comparable to American colleagues. It is observed that Indians on deputation in the USA work very hard to prove themselves, to provide better solutions to the client and sustain their and their companies growth. Nowadays, putting extra effort has become a norm for Indian software professionals, it is expected by the client!
Sree there was a similar lawsuit against some other Indian Company I think it was TCS for taking back the IRS Tax refunds from their employees in US. Thats a common practice too among Indian Companies too here in US.