Former Infosys HR Employee Implicates Key HR Manager in Visa Fraud Case

A former Infosys human resources employee revealed in recently filed court documents that a key Infosys HR manager, who was responsible for working directly with Jay Palmer in the aftermath of his whistleblower complaint, admitted that Palmer was being truthful about B-1 visa misuse and other illegal activity, but cut off communication with him at the direction of the company.


The former HR employee, Stephanie Teasdale, was hired by Infosys in September 2010 to develop and manage an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity program for the company. In a sworn affidavit dated May 29, prepared as part of the deposition process in Palmer's civil lawsuit against Infosys, Teasdale provided a jaw-dropping account of what was really happening inside the Infosys HR operation in Plano, Texas, after Palmer filed his whistleblower complaint. Perhaps most incriminating was the information that Teasdale revealed about Lynne Grant, the employee relations and work force compliance manager who specializes in employment law, and who was Palmer's main point of contact in the HR operation because she was the HR manager who was responsible for investigating the harassment and retaliation against Palmer. Teasdale testified that Grant told her that she knew Palmer's complaints about illegal activity were accurate. Here's an excerpt from the affidavit:

Although I was not directly involved in the investigation on the whistleblower case of Jay Palmer, Lynne Grant openly discussed details of this and other employee relations cases on several occasions. On more than one occasion, Lynne stated that Infosys messed up with how they dealt with Jay Palmer. She admitted that Jay Palmer was the victim of death threats and retaliation. She also knew that he was telling the truth and the B visas were being used illegally. Lynne Grant would have conversations with [Infosys in-house lawyer] Jeff Friedel at a minimum bi-weekly, but most months, weekly. They did speak of the Whistleblower case often. In most situations they would ask me to leave the room, but several times they would speak of Jay in general terms in front of me. Every time admitting that he was correct, the company did misuse B visas, but questioned how they were going to deal with the events going on. Lynne ultimately was told to discontinue taking all his calls because he was "not stable." Lynne knew that Jay was having emotional problems with dealing with the retaliations. So Lynne began dodging his phone calls, even when he was retaliated against by not receiving his full bonus amount. She told me that she knew he was correct, but was told to not respond to him. Lynne then began ignoring Jay continuously and letting his calls go to voice mail or not answering his calls.

You may be wondering what Grant had to say when Kenny Mendelsohn, Palmer's attorney, deposed her. How could she possibly answer his questions and get through the deposition without causing the whole Infosys house of cards to collapse? Incredibly, she chose to play the "I don't recall" card.


I have read Grant's 127-page deposition, which was conducted by Mendelsohn on April 19, and I was absolutely astonished by this woman's brazenness in repeatedly claiming an inability to remember. At one point during the deposition, for example, Mendelsohn showed Grant two emails that Grant said she didn't remember, but didn't dispute receiving. Here is the subsequent exchange:

MENDELSOHN: Okay. Would you agree with me from reviewing those two e-mails, this is additional information that both Mr. Palmer and [the second whistleblower] Ms. [Linda] Manning were providing to you and Mr. Friedel concerning their-their concerns about whether Infosys was violating immigration and income tax laws?


GRANT: It appears that they are referencing their concerns about visa/immigration issues.


MENDELSOHN: Okay. And did you do anything to investigate to determine whether they were-whether Infosys was violating the immigration and tax laws?


GRANT: I don't recall.

I'm not making that up. That really came from Grant's deposition. She doesn't remember whether she did anything to determine whether Infosys was violating immigration and tax laws.


I spoke with Mendelsohn on Monday, and I asked him what he concluded after deposing Grant. He clearly shared my astonishment:

Jay's whistleblower complaint, combined with the harassment he was undergoing, has to be one of the most significant things that has happened to her in her employment with Infosys. And to not remember anything about it is just silly to me. I think we counted it up, and there were over 120 simple questions about what she did in Jay Palmer's case that she said, "I do not remember." I think she just made a decision, a choice in her life, that she was going to turn the other cheek and support the company. I don't want to call the lady a liar outright, but she can't remember any of these things? It's incredible.

It seems to me that U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson, the federal judge who's hearing the case and who will read Grant's deposition, will find it incredible, too. So I asked Mendelsohn what he expects Judge Thompson's reaction will be. His response:

It's hard for me to speak for Judge Thompson, but generally in cases like this, judges see it for what it is and leave it up to a jury to decide how to deal with it. I certainly think that a jury, as well as the judge, would conclude that she's not being forthcoming with her answers.

I'd say that's a pretty safe bet. And that's what makes this case so disastrous for Infosys. Since Infosys doesn't have the truth of the matter on its side, the best anyone toeing the company line is ever going to be able to muster when the difficult questions are asked is a feeble, implausible, "I don't recall." Or they could finally summon the courage to do the right thing and just tell the truth. Everybody messes up. Every one of us. There's no shame in that. The shame is in lying about it and trying to weasel out of taking responsibility for messing up. And that cowardly choice is much, much worse when it callously disregards the impact it has on innocent people.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.


Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post
Feb 10, 2013 2:24 PM kmaya8000 kumar kmaya8000 kumar  says:
I Complained regarding this issue to DoJ in 2006 Doj trial attorny Kate Patchen(San Francisco) and paralegal person Ana Gardea Gardea, Ana L" complained this to ic3.org. However doj told me they will not discourage competitive bidding, but as hacking was involved they have sent this complaint to ic3.org. This was also forwarded to ftc, ic3, senators etc etc during 2006 and further, but no action take on other companies. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON xyz com ETC(Satyam was caught). One of the xyz sw employee Ram Mohan can be investigated to get details. An alert notice was given for hacking issue in 2007 etc to various organizations. Also internal documents/audit verification by govt. was proposed in 2007. Companies confidential Internal documents are being scrutinized by govt. agencies for salary fraud or audit fraud. But xyz was not investigated Brief issue of the complaint is below which was sent during 2006 :: ----start of letter to various agencies------ Below is complaint on Indian companies doing fraud with Europe & USA companies,Industrial espionage sent to various offices for investigation..contd Reply
Feb 10, 2013 2:25 PM kmaya8000 kumar kmaya8000 kumar  says:
Type A) Most Indian software MNC Companies including Satyam, Wipro are bid hacking for projects and got separate "Bid Hacking department" and this can be proved, they hack into competitor companies doing business in USA and also in rest of the world and get the project bids. Wipro issue can be dealt immediately as this is done by one employee name Ram Mohan, of Wipro, he leases his internet uplink to Google Hyderabad during 2005, he left wipro before jun 2005 and set up his own dummy company which has no employees. Ram Mohan gets software projects from Europe and USA by showing photos of false employee strength and false office buildings (office space in a flat in Banjara Hills with 4-5 laptops used for internet uplink to Google) and he sells these projects to Indian companies. contd... Reply
Feb 10, 2013 2:26 PM kmaya8000 kumar kmaya8000 kumar  says:
Type B) Many 1000's of companies doing software services for USA and Europe state false salary figures like Rupees 150,000/month in India, but the actual salary employee gets in India is just 40K to 70,000 Rupees per month. They are cheating the US/Europe govt, tax dept, Finance, trade & commerce dept on false salary figures, remaining money is going into black accounts there in USA and India . There are many other MNC software companies doing this kind of business Sybase and many companies like Satyam etc does this by cheating the Clients(client is company who give projects) of USA by giving false data that their employees are all MSc but most are bachelors degree in Engineering and they quote falsely 150,000 rupees/month to client as their actual pay. Reply
Feb 10, 2013 2:28 PM kmaya8000 kumar kmaya8000 kumar  says:
There will be many companies who does this kind of illegal trade. We need to see to the company financial records for this matter. ----end of letter to agencies----- Conclusion:: Satyam computers did all these and got caught in 2008 and satisfied all the points in the complaint like hacking, higher false employee strength, audit fraud given in 2006 , but Wipro and others not caught??? Satyam guy declared his financial fraud immediately in 3 days after the World-Bank hacking issue. Reply
Feb 10, 2013 2:31 PM kmaya8000 Kumar kmaya8000 Kumar  says:
....Contd The info was given to Kenny Mendelsohn Montegomory attorney dealing with Jack Palmer and also to Senator Grasseleys office attorney Brian Downey again in 2012 year Reply

Post a comment





(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.




Subscribe Daily Edge Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Daily Edge Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.