Sun Hit With Discrimination Suit
In a class action suit against Sun, a former employee charges the company with age and race discrimination.In a class action suit against Sun Microsystems Inc., a former Sun employee claims the company discriminated against him and other employees when it layed off about 2,500 workers in 2001. Former Sun software engineering manager Walter Kruz, in his suit filed March 17 in Santa Clara County (Calif.) Superior Court, claimed that Sun engaged in age and race discrimination when it fired him and others. Kruz claimed that Sun unfairly favored younger, often lower-paid workers of East Indian origin when deciding whom to lay off in 2001. In addition, Kruz alleged, even as the company was laying off 2,500 employees in July and October of 2001, Sun was hiring 2,400 East Indian H-1B visa holders, many to perform jobs similar to those formerly held by the laid-off workers. Kruz, 52, said Sun attempted to conceal these acts which, he claims, violate Californias Fair Employment and Housing Act and its Unfair Competition Law. Sun officials, at the time this article was being prepared, were not available for comment.
The suit does not specify damages, nor does it identify other individuals who, it claims, were affected by Suns alleged actions.