On the day they were fired early last year, about 40 Molina Healthcare IT employees met in a conference room for what they thought was a planning session.

The gathering took place at a time of rising tensions over several issues, including the expanding role of offshore IT contractor Cognizant Technology Solutions.

The Molina workers voiced their concerns to then-CIO Amir Desai after he told them they were all being laid off. "I felt they were expecting us to be asking questions about COBRA and unemployment and all that," said Bonita Shok, one of the laid-off Molina employees. "Instead, we were being quite confrontational about why they were laying us off and keeping all these H-1B workers."

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