“US: Caste Discrimination case against Indian origin CISCO engineers dismissed by California Civil Rights Department”, Organiser, April 12, 2023:
“The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) has dismissed a caste discrimination case against two Indian-origin Cisco engineers. A mediation conference between Cisco and the CRD is still set for May 2.
The case was filed against Sundar Iyer and one Ramana Kompella in June 2020 for supposedly discriminating against a ‘self-identifying Dalit’. CRD, an agency of the California State Government, had allegedly made false claims about Hinduism, besides depicting people of Indian origin as ‘xenophobic.’ It has also been observed that the case was used by caste baiters and ‘activists’ to pass resolution to non-discrimination policies at US colleges and universities.
The lawsuit against Cisco and its engineers fueled a movement against caste discrimination led by groups includingThenmozhi Soundararajan’s Equality Labs, which is a Dalit-led advocacy group. This lawsuit has also been named in the first-ever ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council in February to include caste in anti-discrimination laws….”
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