Judge Rules For Infosys In Whistleblower CaseAugust 20, 2012
On the day that whistleblower Jack "Jay" Palmer Jr.'s lawsuit against Infosys was originally scheduled to go to trial, the judge has ruled in the Indian IT service provider's favor.
In an opinion filed today, Alabama Judge Myron H. Thompson ruled that Palmer failed to prove his claims against Infosys?including breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation?under Alabama state law and therefore had no right to recover damages from the $6 billion outsourcing provider.
Palmer claimed he was harassed, threatened and eventually sidelined when he filed an internal whistleblower claim that indicating that Infosys was misusing U.S. work visas. Specifically, the judge noted that as an at-will employment, "absent a contract providing otherwise, [an] employee may be demoted, denied a promotion, or otherwise adversely treated for any reason, good or bad, or even for no reason at all."
The summary judgment means the case will not go to trial before a jury.