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(DIYA TV) — A federal labor agency recently filed a complaint against an Indian food company, alleging the company illegally discriminated against employees after their attempts to unionize.

Deep Foods is the 38th largest New Jersey company in terms of global revenue, and is located, ironically, in Union County. The National Labor Relations Board says the company fired four of its employees after the group joined a workers’ union. An in-house Union-Township judge will hear the case next month, according to NJ.com. 

A Deep Foods delivery van — Photo courtesy of NJ.com

A Deep Foods delivery van — Photo courtesy of NJ.com

In its complaint, the NLRB said Deep Foods company executives promised employees promotions if they opted against joining a union, ordered them to report all union activities to management, and threatened to fire any employees who considered or participated in organizing. Representatives from the New Jersey local chapter of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and other advocacy groups met at the company’s corporate headquarters, and delivered a letter to company executives urging them to rehire the displaced workers.

Deep Foods has refused to address the organizers, who have vowed to continue their protests until the company meets their demands. Cesar Suarez, who immigrated from Ecuador to Newark, New Jersey 20 years ago, and was one of the employees named in the complaint, had served the company as a maintenance worker for five years before he was fired with the group. He said that Deep Foods employees were often times forced to work in 120-degree rooms, or were given just one 20-minute break during a 10 or 11-hour shift.

“Things like that, we want to change,” he said. “That’s why we are here.”

Tom Walsh, president of the aforementioned local union, told NJ.com the company’s unfettered response to the employees has been disheartening.

“We’re dealing with a company that’s one of the wealthiest private companies in the state of New Jersey, and they’re doing whatever they can to affect these people’s lives,” he said.

In an email to NJ.com, James E. Patterson, who serves as labor counsel for Deep Foods, said the company denies any and all allegations of illegal and wrongful conduct.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

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And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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