TCS faces US jury over why it fires so many Americans
India`s IT outsourcing giant Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. needs to offer a good explanation for why engineers hired at its American outposts are 13 times as likely to be fired if they`re not South Asian. The company is set to go on trial in California over racial discrimination claims by American workers who lost their jobs at TCS offices in the US because they hadn`t been assigned to any of its clients. The trial will cast a spotlight on work visa programmes companies use to bring overseas workers to the US, a practice President Donald Trump has criticised in his protectionist push. TCS, Asia`s largest outsourcer, and rival Indian information technology staffing firms Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. have all been squeezed by the Trump administration to hire more Americans on US soil. Mumbai-based TCS denies any unlawful bias in its U.S. operations and says in court filings that the Caucasian American leading the lawsuit was removed from one of its projects and ultimately terminated over ``performance concerns``. TCS said it can`t comment specifically on the pending litigation, but believes it has a strong case and will prevail at trial. TCS says their success is based on their ability to provide the best talent available, both in the US and globally, based purely on the individual`s specialized experience, skills and fit for each client`s specific needs.