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California appeals court rules no arbitration in Cisco caste bias case

By Paresh Dave
    OAKLAND, Calif., Aug 5 (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc
 CSCO.O  on Friday lost a court appeal to move to private
arbitration a case over alleged caste discrimination in its
Silicon Valley offices, where managers of Indian descent are
accused of discriminating against a fellow employee from India.
    The networking gear and business software company has denied
the allegations.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2E801T It had argued to a California
appeals court that the state's Civil Rights Department, which
had brought the case on behalf of a worker identified under the
pseudonym John Doe, should be subjected to an employment
arbitration agreement signed by Doe.
    The appeals court on Friday also ordered a lower-court judge
to reconsider a ruling that would have required the state to
identify Doe.
    Cisco and the state agency did not immediately respond to
requests for comment.

 (Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by David Gregorio)
 ((paresh.dave@thomsonreuters.com; 415-565-1302;))

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