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Santa Clara County Case Sparks Discussion On Caste Discrimination

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Last summer a lawsuit filed by an anonymous Cisco Systems employee brought theancient Hindu system of “caste” into a modern discussion about discrimination protections. He’s known simply as John Doe and he is a Dalit, the lowest on the caste hierarchy. His case is historic because if successful, it would recognize caste as a grounds for discrimination for the first time in the US.

The case itself has been postponed to September, but the discussion around the issue of caste has continued. Last April, the Cal State Student association passed a resolutionsupporting the addition of caste as a protected category of discrimination.

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Victor Tence is the Production Manager for Crosscurrents and Coordinator for KALW's Training Programs. He is a graduate of City College of San Francisco's journalism program and the 2020 KALW Audio Academy cohort. He transitioned to journalism after spending 6 years cooking in Bay Area kitchens. He is passionate about covering the local hospitality, food and agriculture industry, as a way to advocate for the community he loves. Now, he works as a producer for KALW's award-winning news magazine, Crosscurrents. He also organizes and facilitates KALW's various training programs.
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.