An Indian citizen working for the US subsidiary of German multinational Bosch filed a class action suit against the company on Monday alleging harassment over tax refunds.
The employee, Suraj Kamath, has alleged Bosch wanted him to hand over his tax refunds, threatening to fire him and send him back to India if he didn’t.
“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,” he alleged in a complaint.
Bosch had not responded to a request for response till the filing of this report.
The suit was filed in a federal court in Los Angels, California. The law firm representing Kamath said in a statement at least 160 employees are part of the class action suit.
Kamath started working for Bosch’s India unit -- Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solution Ltd -- in 2005. He was transferred to the US branch in 2009.
He was a project manager based in Santa Barbara, California.
The suit alleges that he and other employees received letters from Bosch on December 21, 2012 to hand over tax refunds received by them for tax years 2006 through to 2011.
They were instructed to either return the whole sum due on them, individually, by January 15, 2013, or apply for payroll deductions before the year was out.
Kamath refused to do either. He alleged the company then ordered him back to India in May 2013, even when his visa was good for another year.
“The Indian citizens who Bosch brought to the United States have contributed to the US economy and helped Bosch grow and prosper in America,” stated Daniel M Hutchinson, counsel for Kamath and the proposed class.
“All Bosch employees should receive their full wages, and that includes the tax refunds they are entitled to. These employees deserve to be treated fairly, and not have their livelihoods threatened for insisting that Bosch comply with the law.”