Is Anixter International Inc. indirectly using B-1 Visa Holders to Displace American Workers?

The information technology staffing giant brought workers over from India on B-1 business visitor visas who should’ve been on H-1B or L-1B guestworker visas, according to Thayyullathil’s complaint. B-1 visas allow holders to do things like attend conferences and meetings, but don’t allow work.

“Once I noticed that we had B-1 workers coming in doing the work, I knew this was illegal,” Thayyullathil told Bloomberg Law.

After he raised concerns about the practice with his superiors, Thayyullathil was given two weeks to relocate to India. Instead, he went on Family and Medical Leave Act leave and was fired when he returned.

“My work status was dependent on my employer, so I can’t work in the United States,” he told Bloomberg Law. Thayyullathil remains in the U.S. lawfully as a dependent of his wife, who’s on student visa.

The lawsuit, being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, also implicates communications and wiring supplier Anixter International Inc. , where Thayyullathil was working under an agreement between the two companies. Anixter knew of and condoned Infosys’s visa practices, he says.