California accuses Cisco of caste discrimination against Indian employee

California accuses Cisco of caste discrimination against Indian employee

California sued Cisco Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating against an Indian-American employee and allowing him to be harassed by two managers because he was from a lower Indian caste than them. US employment law does not specifically bar caste-based discrimination, but California’s regulator contends that the Hindu faith’s lingering caste system is based on protected classes such as religion.

Chris
Chris
Otis B Driftwood
Otis B Driftwood 1 months

This has no place in America and needs to be left behind when you leave India. Yes, it's not specifically mentioned in anti-discrimination laws, but can we all agree it's bullshit? Assuming the allegations are true, of course. I've seen this first-hand. We had an older (50ish) engineer from one of the middle castes in my department. Then, one day, we added two new engineers. Both young, in their 20s. One was from the Brahmin caste, and the other was lower (did not know which, specifically). The older guy was respectful to all his American colleagues, but the lower caste guy could do nothing right in this guy's mind. And the Brahmin walked on water, even though he was 20 or more years younger. It was fascinating, and wrong, but not to the point of abusive. We kept them apart.

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