I ended last year with a late December assignment to make a portrait of a whistleblower in (apparently) the largest fraud case in US history. His name is Jack Palmer and he started the ball rolling against his employer Infosys, a Indian outsourcing company, about an year and half ago. There's no quick nor simple way to explain the whole debacle (so I suggest you read the article), but its beginnings are in the company allegedly abusing visitor visas for employees coming in from India. Infosys can't fire him, so he technically still works there, but they give him ZERO connection to the company. None. He's stuck at home, climbing up the walls.
I spent the afternoon down in Montgomery creating some portraits so the Times could have them when relevant news about the trial broke. It took a while to run and when I went digging for an unrelated story I expected to run today, I happened to find that they finally ran a shot. A month ago. Oops!
They ran a tight head shot of him, but I really prefer a couple of other shots, so I'm posting those.
Here's the first paragraph of Julia Preston's NYT article:
It has been 17 months since Jack B. Palmer first made a quiet complaint through internal channels at Infosys, the giant Indian outsourcing company he works for, saying he suspected some managers were committing visa fraud. Since then, Mr. Palmer says, he has been harassed by superiors and co-workers, sidelined with no work assignment, shut out of the company’s computers, denied bonuses and hounded by death threats.
Read more here.