An Indian techie has filed a lawsuit against Bosch, a German multinational engineering and electronics company, alleging that the firm compelled Indian employees in the U.S. to pay their tax refunds back to it.

In a lawsuit filed through national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP (‘Lieff Cabraser’), Indian national Suraj Kamath on Tuesday charged that Bosch unjustly enriched itself by requiring all of its non-U.S. citizen employees to pay to Bosch federal and state tax refunds the employees had received while working in the U.S.

In the class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the complaint seeks certification by the Court of a class consisting of “All non-U.S. citizens, who were, are, or will be employed by Bosch from whom Bosch has demanded payment of their tax refund amounts.

“I worked diligently for Bosch for years. When I objected to Bosch’s demand to pay back all tax refunds I had received, Bosch threatened to fire me, send me back to India, and make my life miserable. The way Bosch treats its employees is wrong and that’s why I am standing up to Bosch for myself and my fellow colleagues at Bosch,” Mr. Kamath alleged.

There was no immediate reaction from Bosch.

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