H-1B Visa Holders

Purushothaman Rajaram, who is a U.S. citizen of Indian origin, took Meta Platforms (Facebook’s parent company) to court. He claimed Meta didn’t hire him because they preferred hiring people with H-1B visas who would accept lower salaries.

Initially, a California judge dismissed his claim, stating that discrimination based on U.S. citizenship wasn’t prohibited under U.S. law. But the Ninth Circuit overturned that decision, saying the law does protect U.S. citizens from such discrimination.

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The argument was whether companies can favor hiring noncitizens over U.S. citizens. The court majority said this is against the law, which aims to give everyone equal rights in job contracts in the U.S., no matter their citizenship. They didn’t agree with Meta’s arguments based on different interpretations of the law.

This decision might cause legal conflicts between courts and could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s seen as a challenge for companies using a lot of H-1B visa workers, potentially changing how they hire.

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Because of this judgment, different courts across the US might start disagreeing on how to interpret the law. This could lead to confusion and more legal battles.

The ruling might make it harder for companies to hire people on H-1B visas. If companies face more lawsuits over how they hire these visa holders, they might change their hiring practices.

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U.S. citizens who feel they were passed over for jobs in favor of H-1B visa holders could start suing companies more often. This could affect tech industries where many companies rely on these visa holders.