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Loeb Achieves Favorable Ruling for Tata Consultancy Services in Discrimination Lawsuit

Loeb & Loeb achieved a favorable ruling on behalf of its client, global IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in an employment discrimination case brought by former employee Shawn Katz alleging that TCS has a “systematic pattern or practice of discrimination against non-South Asian and non-Indian applicants and employees.”

Katz—who is a naturalized U.S. citizen and resident of Texas, of Israeli national origin and Caucasian race—originally filed the lawsuit against TCS in December 2022. He later filed an amended lawsuit in March 2023, which he filed on behalf of himself and “[a]ll non-South Asians and non-Indians who (1) were employed by TCS, and met the criteria for a promotion, but were not promoted, and/or (2) were employed by TCS and were involuntarily terminated.” 

The suit alleged the following three claims against TCS: (1) “Disparate Treatment on the Basis of Race in Violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981;” (2) “Disparate Treatment on the Basis of Race and National Origin [in] Violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”and (3) “Disparate Impact on the Basis of Race and National Origin [in] Violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” 

On August 10, 2023, U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti significantly reduced the claims faced by TCS, dismissing Katz’s “claim for disparate impact under Title VII because [his] allegations sound more in disparate treatment.” 

The Loeb legal team that represented TCS included Michelle La Mar, chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor department; partners Terry Garnett and Mark Goldberg; and associate Bradley Raboin.  In a 2018 class action alleging almost identical claims against TCS, Michelle, Terry and Bradley secured a unanimous defense verdict following a two-week jury trial.