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Apple Faces Silicon Valley’s Second South Asian Bias Lawsuit

  • Engineer alleges bias based on ethnicity, religion and gender
  • Tech industry is facing nuanced prejudices in global workforce
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Apple Inc. lost an early round in a discrimination lawsuit brought in the U.S. by a female engineer from India who says her two managers -- one from her country, the other from Pakistan -- treated her as they would in their own countries: as a subservient.

The woman’s case in California state court is the latest to allege workplace bias in Silicon Valley that focuses on cultural prejudices of some tech workers from South Asia. Cisco Systems Inc. is fighting a suit brought by California’s civil rights agency alleging bias against a member of India’s so-called lower castes, known as Dalits.