Google will spend $3.8 mn, including $2.6 mn in back pay to 5,500 employees, to settle accusations that it underpaid 2,783 women from 2014 to 2017 in its software engineering group in Mountain View, California, and the Seattle area. Hiring rate differences for disadvantaged women and Asian candidates for software engineering roles also came into light. Google will set aside $1.25 mn for pay adjustments for engineers for the next 5 years.
Infosys’ JV partner in Saudi Arabia has filed a lawsuit in a USA court alleging that it violated US law on corruption. Saudi Prerogative Company said Infosys had violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and alleged that Infosys falsely claimed that it didn’t make money from certain contracts and requested it to reduce or wave-off its 8% commission. The Saudi firm claimed that Infosys had made substantial money on the same contracts.
WhiteHat Jr founder Karan Bajaj has filed a defamation case against Engineer Pradeep Poonia for infringing trademarks and copyright, defaming and spreading false information about the firm and its founder. Bajaj in the lawsuit, while seeking $2.6 mn in damages, has accused Poonia of making strong accusations such as likening the startup’s marketing tactics to “child sexual abuse.” Demand for WhiteHat Jr one-to-one classes has surged nearly 90% this year.
Yatra has filed a lawsuit against Atlanta-based software firm Ebix seeking substantial damages over alleged breach of deal terms. The firm has also terminated a pending merger agreement with Ebix. In July 2019, Ebix announced the Yatra acquisition plan at $337.8M enterprise value to strengthen its position in India’s hotel and flight ticketing market. Sharing its financials, Yatra said it had $32.5M in total liquidity with $1.2M being current monthly operating fixed cost.