Microsoft LayOff: Lose Job Not because You are Incompetent, but Because You are Non- American. Fair Enough?

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Monday, January 26, 2009

Every one is equal in Microsoft or that is what they say while talking about professional ethics! Well professional ethics. Can you beat this? According to Yahoo News,

Indian IT professionals working for Microsoft Corp in the US could be among those who lose jobs after it announced plans to sack 5,000 employees with the software giant indicating some of the affected would likely be non-Americans amid calls to first target foreigners working on H-1B visas

Oh, Microsoft Corp. is an MNC right? Multi-national or Multi- American? What seems more ridiculous is that  an influential Republican Senator has actually suggested (Trust me it was not so polite) to “while implementing the layoff plan and “protect” the jobs of Americans”. I ask you, is this fair? Don’t you think a company like Microsoft needs to take fairer action for its employee.

A MS-ian is a worker for Microsoft first, the citizenship is secondary. So if tomorrow they really fire on the basis of H1B visas (where they are the biggest beneficiary by importing brains from India) and american or non- american issues, Microsoft better take people from USA only. I don’t think people will love to work in a company (a software giant for that matter) who turns their back when needed the most and that too for some VISA issues influenced by politicians. The employee did one thing wrong though. He took birth in a different country.

Microsoft, we are watching.


October 23, 2009: 8:50 am

In any business the first people to be fired are going to be the highest risk or the highest paid. If those people are so heart broken that Microsoft fired them, they need to apply for a full visa from the united states or apply for full citizenship. That way this would not happen to them in the future.

April 2, 2009: 4:19 pm

Maybe the problem is indians who construct sentences such as “He took birth in a different country.” and fail to recognize the problem.

Or maybe it’s the rampant racism indians hold towards americans.

Get off your high horse pal.

February 23, 2009: 9:58 am

[...] Microsoft last month announced plans to lay off up to 5,000 employees, including 1,400 the company let go on Jan. 22. If this is the case which is now adopted by even software giants like Microsoft (without even caring about their reputation), I wonder about us. Someday, say 10 years from the day of retiring, you will be getting a mail that, [...]

January 27, 2009: 8:23 pm

we need to look beyond H1B Vs US citizens isn’t the real issue is the age and cost of doing business.

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