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December 17, 2012

Infosys Has Settled 'Whistleblower' Lawsuit Involving Former Employee in U.S. Court

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

India’s Infosys (News - Alert) has settled a lawsuit from a former employee claiming he was retaliated against for “whistleblowing.”

Satya Dev Tripuraneni, a former American employee, settled the case with the company after mediation.

He claimed in a California court action that he was harassed by his supervisor after he accused Infosys of visa fraud, according to Reuters.

Tripuraneni also claimed that Infosys used business-visit visas for employees working on U.S. projects instead of work visas – because the others are more expensive and more difficult to receive, reported The Wall Street Journal. He worked as an accounts manager at the company's California office.

The settlement appears to be welcome news for the company.

“We can confirm that we reached an amicable settlement, without any admission of liability. This settlement enables us to avoid the costs and distraction associated with protracted litigation,” according to a statement released on the company’s website.

The U.S. government is still investigating Infosys's visa-rule practices.

Details on the recent settlement were not disclosed, according to The Economic Times of India.

The company denies wrongdoing, adding in a statement earlier this year that it, “conducted an internal investigation and the claims are unfounded,” TMCnet reported.

A second lawsuit filed in Alabama by Jack Palmer, another company employee, was thrown out by a U.S. judge earlier this year. He alleged he was retaliated against after “pointing out what he said was the misuse of U.S. B1 visas,” Reuters (News - Alert) said.

The complaints led to the U.S. government to launch a federal investigation into visa misuse – in an inquiry which began in 2011.

“This led to a grand jury subpoena that compels Infosys to provide information on its sponsorship of B1 visas,” according to the TMCnet report. “Infosys had last year said that it had received the subpoena and affirmed that it would cooperate with the investigation.”

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