Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Senator, in a letter to the company raised concern over the issue and said that this would result in American workers losing jobs and not the foreigners hired on H-1B or L visas. In the letter addressed to Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft Chief Executive, Grassley said, "During a layoff, companies should not be retaining H-1B or other work visa programme employees over qualified American workers."
He added that Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect the Americans by putting them first during the difficult economic times. The internet giant is one of the major beneficiaries of H-1B work visa programme, which is maily for overseas professionals. Of the 60,000 professionals who are given H-1B visa majority are from India.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)