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L&T Infotech faces H-1B visa fraud allegations

PTI  New York, April 06, 2012
First Published: 20:56 IST(6/4/2012) | Last Updated: 00:23 IST(7/4/2012)

A former employee of L&T Infotech, has joined a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the company seeking $100 million in compensation and has alleged in an amended court complaint that a H1-B immigration visa fraud was “rampant” in the company.

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New Jersey resident Nanda Pai has joined the sexual discrimination class action lawsuit filed by former L&T Infotech employee Deepa Shanbhag alleging that she too was discriminated against because of her gender and was told to choose between her work and family when she got pregnant. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/07_04_biz5.jpg

Shanbhag and Pai are seeking $100 million in compensation for punitive damages from Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro and its New Jersey-based subsidiary L&T Infotech.

In a 27-page amended complaint filed in the US District Court in New Jersey, Pai has made detailed allegations that L&T made “false statements to the US government” for getting H1-B visas for its employees in and around 2008 and made her a “scapegoat” when the “substantive shortcomings and documentary discrepancies” were revealed in an audit.

When reached for comment, L&T Infotech in Mumbai declined to comment the matter is subjudice.

Pai alleged that her signatures were forged in some documents, which would have made her look responsible for the “massive immigration fraud.”

Pai said the firm misrepresented to the US government in its visa applications the wages it paid to its employees and did not follow the rules when filing documentation for green card.


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