CA Civil Rights Department Rules Caste Not Essential Part of Hinduism
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – In a victory for Hindu Americans, the California Civil Rights Department has amended a 2020 complaint and stated that caste and caste-based discrimination are not an essential part of Hinduism.
The department voluntarily filed a motion in the first weeks of December to amend their complaint against Cisco Systems alleging that caste discrimination occurred at the Silicon Valley tech giant.
The amended complaint removes the erroneous and unconstitutional assertion that caste and caste discrimination is an essential part of Hindu religious teachings and practices.
However, the Washington-based Hindu America Foundation said that several problematic statements and citations in the complaint remain. Foremost among these is the reliance on the “fundamentally flawed and statistically invalid survey by activist group Equality Labs on the alleged high prevalence of caste discrimination in the US,” it said.
According to HAF, the CRD (California Civil Rights Department) continues to pursue its case based on many “false and xenophobic” claims about people of South Asian origin as well as the dubious implication that caste discrimination in India is tied to skin color. This, it said, is in an obvious attempt to draw direct parallels with skin-colored-based racism in the US.
Two Indian-origin Cisco engineers — Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella — were accused in the CRD’s lawsuit of discriminating and harassing an employee based on caste in 2020.
Last year, CRD voluntarily dismissed its case alleging caste discrimination against Iyer and Kompella, while keeping alive its litigation against tech giant Cisco.