Laid-off programmers have filed a lawsuit accusing the Labor Department of illegally denying them job-training benefits available to workers in industries in which jobs have moved overseas.
The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed this month in the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York, said Michael G. Smith, attorney for the plaintiffs.
They want a judge to order the department to make laid-off software workers eligible for weekly cash payments and other benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
Representatives from the Labor Department declined to comment on the pending litigation.
In recent years, U.S. companies have laid off thousands of software workers and other technology employees while adding technology staff in India and other developing countries where labor is inexpensive.