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Laid-off IT workers worry U.S. is losing tech jobs to outsourcing

Michael Kan | March 1, 2017
UC San Francisco is contracting out IT work to an Indian offshoring firm, and a known H-1B visa program user.

"In two years, I could be at another company, and I could be facing the same thing," he said.

Thirteen of the workers are thinking about suing the school, claiming the way their jobs were eliminated amounted to discrimination. But filing a lawsuit will mean receiving no severance pay. The workers would likely file the lawsuit in 30 to 60 days, a lawyer for them said.

Forty-eight-year-old Bizhan Tabatabaian, another affected worker, said he'll take some time off before looking for a new job. But he's concerned it won't be easy to find employment, partly because of his age.

Bizhan Tabatabaian (left) leaving his office at UCSF on Feb. 28, 2017. Credit: Michael Kan

"Most of my co-workers have not found work, and that's a little scary," he said.

Tabatabaian is also a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. So he's bothered that a UC school is sending work and money offshore.

"It's sending a mixed message," he said. "Our jobs were just sent offshore by an institute of higher learning, which should be fostering that education, not sending it off-site."

Although U.S. politicians, including President Donald Trump, are looking at changes to the H-1B visa program, Tabatabaian is doubtful anything will come of it.

"There's talk about fixing things, and no has done it yet," he said. "And I'm the proof."

UCSF said it gave the laid-off workers six months' notice and has been trying to help them find new employment at other UC schools. Of the 49 permanent employees that were dismissed, 32 have already secured new employment or will retire, the school said.

Source: Computerworld 


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