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Cognizant litigated over employee rustling in US

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Cognizant, the tech world leader has been sued over employee poaching. A business process outsourcing (BPO) firm in Chennai, working for Delaware, US, is alleging that Cognizant is trying to “cripple” HOV's business on a global scale and disturbed HOV's competitive advantage by “luring away” HOV employees in India, reported ComputerWorld. Cognizant has poached more than its 50 employees over the last several years, claimed HOV. According to the lawsuit that was filed in a New-Jersey court in January, Cognizant obtained a list of 450 HOV employees that includes their salary, bonuses, their “production efficiencies” and customer project names. HOV headcount stood at 9,000 in 2010. According to the news report, the lawsuit claims that the Cognizant “induced” then current HOV employees to email information about the 450 employees. It says that these now former HOV employees confessed to sending the information to Cognizant, “and as a result their HOV employment was terminated.” HOV Services recently entered into a pact to merge its unit HOV Services LLC with US-based Sourcecorp Inc Sourcecorp, a Texas-based provider of BPO and specialty consulting services, is a portfolio company of Apollo Management V, LP, the company said in a regulatory filing.

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