RIT public policy lecture brings immigration whistleblower Jay Palmer

March 10 talk explains case that resulted in largest-ever fine for corporate immigration violation

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Infosys whistleblower Jay Palmer will speak at RIT March 10.

Jay Palmer knew that he was doing the right thing when he quietly complained to supervisors about immigration visa violations occurring at his employer, software giant Infosys. But Palmer could never have predicted the fallout as a result of his complaint—a $34 million lawsuit settlement paid by Infosys, the largest-ever fine for a corporate immigration violation.

Palmer will tell his story from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on March 10 in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Faculty panelists, including Wade Robison, the Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics, College of Liberal Arts; Bob Barbato, professor of management, Saunders College of Business; and Larry Vilasmil, associate professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology, will respond to Palmer’s talk immediately following.

Palmer, an information technology consultant and software manager for 25 years, owns J. Bennett Palmer LLC, which counsels current whistleblowers and consults on immigration and employment issues. His case has been featured in mainstream media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning and Dan Rather Reports.

“Jay Palmer did all of the right things; he notified his company internally about its violations, but instead of correcting the situation, it retaliated against him,” said Ron Hira, chair of RIT’s public policy department and moderator for Palmer’s visit. “Palmer persevered through a three-year ordeal of being harassed, being called a liar by the company and even receiving death threats. You’ll learn firsthand what it’s like to be an individual going up against a Fortune 1000 firm and following Jay’s talk, our stellar panel of faculty will place Palmer’s case in the larger perspective of professional and business ethics.”

For more information about the free presentation, contact Hira at 585-475-7052 or rhira@mail.rit.edu. Interpreters will be provided upon request and are subject to availability.