Yet another class action lawsuit is being filed for unpaid wages. Two former employees have filed a class action against the Indian company for breach of employment contracts and violating California Labor Code against Tata Consulting Services, India's largest information technology services center.
The complaint is being brought by Gopi Vedachalam and Kangana Beri, who were sent to the United States from India to work on projects for the defendant. Vedachalam and Beri, among others who were sent to the US to work for the defendant, have alleged that the company unlawfully forced employees to sign over to the company their state and federal tax returns. The non-US employees were promised both a US gross salary and an additional Indian salary but the defendant allegedly made unlawful deductions from their Indian salaries.
Tata America International Corporation and its parent corporations, TCS and Tata Sons, filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the case should be arbitrated in India rather than the US.
The California Federal Court certified one national class of 13,000 members of non-US citizens who worked for the defendant between 2002 and 2005 with Vedachalam and Beri named as representatives of the class. The court also certified a separate class of employees to sue for violating California labor laws which consists of 6,000 employees who are also included in the national class.
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