Infosys accused of smuggling Indian workers into US

Infosys has been called out by an ex employee, who claims the IT company smuggled Indian workers into the US.

The whistleblower – Jay Palmer – who was a consultant for the Indian IT services company, has twisted the knife further, claiming that the company also abused business visa rules requiring foreign workers to be paid US market rate, and paid them minimal wages. 

He told CBS that Infosys ignored the fact that it could have found local IT specialists to do what it was bringing foreigners in to do.

However, it would have had to shell out more for these.

Mr Palmer told the US news channel that he began to get suspicious when he spotted an employee that had been in the US from India several times. He decided to play detective and began looking into why Infosys seemed to be bringing in large numbers of workers from its corporate headquarters in Bangalore into the US.

He added that Indian workers on his team were paid substantially less than an American would have made in the same job, and when the US State Department began to limit the number of H-1B visas, he claimed the company began using another type of visa, known as the B-1.

This visa is meant for employees who are travelling to consult with associates, attend training or a convention. However, Mr Palmer alleged that employees were bought in using these visas for full time jobs.

Of course, Infosys isn’t pleased with the claims. It said in a statement that Palmer’s “allegations make for an interesting story, but it is not the facts.”

It added that it would leave the law to decide what the truth was, with a judge and jury looking into the accusations later this summer.

Ironically, the claims come as the company announced that it would be hiring around 35,000 people this year, with 13,000 of these being specifically for its BPO operations.

It also plans to hire around 1,200 people in the US.

The allegations are not dissimilar to others levied at IT services companies here in the UK, which have been accused of abusing Intra Company Transfer visas to ship in low paid talent from India, rather than hiring local workers.