Author Topic: H1B: The Next Phase - Workers Suing For Discrimination Based on National Origin  (Read 559 times)

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I have often wondered why this has not happened earlier. Its so very obvious, all the Americans are out and all the Indians are their replacements. Sounds like discrimination to me. If every other group can sue for bias why not IT workers?

Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2988621/it-careers/increasingly-u-s-it-workers-are-alleging-discrimination.html

Two dozen Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3007933/it-careers/two-dozen-disney-it-workers-prepare-to-sue-over-foreign-replacements.html

With H-1B visa, diversity doesn’t apply

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2956584/it-outsourcing/with-h-1b-visa-diversity-doesnt-apply.html

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I have often wondered why this has not happened earlier

Well, the article itself explains one reason why. "The federal judges in each of the cases have given a green light for the plaintiffs to proceed after rejecting dismissal efforts." Besides that, there is always the fact that the more traditional type of discrimination law suits are often very difficult to win.

What I find interesting/ironic is that while Patrick Thibodeau is reporting on the lack of available IT jobs for American workers, other Computer World authors are reporting on how great the current IT job market is. The following are two such recent articles:

1) As IT job market heats up, tech stress levels drop   http://www.computerworld.com/article/3005267/it-careers/as-it-job-market-heats-up-tech-stress-levels-drop.html
The shortage of skilled IT workers may be troublesome to hiring managers, but according to a study by TEKsystems, it has resulted in at least one positive side effect for the current IT workforce: lower stress. “Demand for IT skills is absolutely through the roof,” says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems research manager. “If I’m in IT, I’m not worried about where my next paycheck is coming from. That goes a long way toward alleviating stress.”

2) Best jobs in IT and engineering  http://www.computerworld.com/article/3007721/it-careers/10-best-jobs-in-it-and-engineering.html
IT and engineering are two industries that remain stable and growing as the economy continues to recover, according to data from CareerCast. Jobs in IT and engineering are not only in demand, but they're also growing ahead of the national average estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as technology changes rapidly, new job titles and required skills emerge constantly.

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I have often wondered why this has not happened earlier

Well, the article itself explains one reason why. "The federal judges in each of the cases have given a green light for the plaintiffs to proceed after rejecting dismissal efforts." Besides that, there is always the fact that the more traditional type of discrimination law suits are often very difficult to win.

What I find interesting/ironic is that while Patrick Thibodeau is reporting on the lack of available IT jobs for American workers, other Computer World authors are reporting on how great the current IT job market is. The following are two such recent articles:

1) As IT job market heats up, tech stress levels drop   http://www.computerworld.com/article/3005267/it-careers/as-it-job-market-heats-up-tech-stress-levels-drop.html
The shortage of skilled IT workers may be troublesome to hiring managers, but according to a study by TEKsystems, it has resulted in at least one positive side effect for the current IT workforce: lower stress. “Demand for IT skills is absolutely through the roof,” says Jason Hayman, TEKsystems research manager. “If I’m in IT, I’m not worried about where my next paycheck is coming from. That goes a long way toward alleviating stress.”

2) Best jobs in IT and engineering  http://www.computerworld.com/article/3007721/it-careers/10-best-jobs-in-it-and-engineering.html
IT and engineering are two industries that remain stable and growing as the economy continues to recover, according to data from CareerCast. Jobs in IT and engineering are not only in demand, but they're also growing ahead of the national average estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as technology changes rapidly, new job titles and required skills emerge constantly.

I have my doubts that the job market is all wet kisses and sunshine. Maybe in Silicon Valley it is but I am not seeing it. The media tells us what they want us to hear, they have been saying since prior to Y2K there is a shortage of IT people and I have yet to see it.

Ask one question: if there is a shortage of IT people than how come salaries arent going up?

Everyone loves to quote the law of supply and demand. If there is a shortage of IT people than salaries should be sky high. Unless the IT job market is so special that wages stay flat.