Indian information technology giant Infosys has won a lawsuit filed against it by a former employee who alleged that it illegally used foreign workers on client projects.
A US federal judge in Alabama, Myron Thompson Monday, threw out the case against Infosys brought by Jay Palmer citing technicalities in Alabama state law, according to Computerworld.
Palmer had alleged he was harassed at work, sidelined and even received death threats for refusing to participate in an alleged Infosys scheme to use workers on business visitor, or B-1 visas, for tasks that required an H-1B work visa.
Thompson ruled Monday that some of claims brought by Palmer against Infosys aren't covered by a state law.
"Without question, the alleged electronic and telephonic threats are deeply troubling," wrote Thompson.
"Indeed, an argument could be made that such threats against whistleblowers, in particular, should be illegal."
But Thompson wrote that "the issue before the court, however, is not whether Alabama should make these alleged wrongs actionable, but whether they are, in fact, illegal under state law. This court cannot rewrite state law."
Consequently, "this court must conclude that, under current Alabama law, Palmer has no right to recover from Infosys", wrote Thompson.
Computerworld cited Palmer's attorney, Kenneth Mendelsohn, as saying though disappointed, they were "also honoured" that the judge "acknowledged the wrongful conduct of Infosys and that this is just simply a matter that Alabama law does not allow a claim when the person is still working for the company".
In a statement, Infosys said: "Today's decision confirms what we have been saying from the beginning: Mr. Palmer's claims of retaliation were completely unfounded. This is a company built on core values that include leadership by example, integrity and transparency.
"Those values always have and will continue to shape the way we do business with our clients and, without exception, the way we treat our people. We are pleased to consider this matter officially closed."