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Bizarre Extortion Plot Alleged at Hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - A former hospital employee claims his manager extorted $3,800 from him and after the hospital asked him to secretly record the extortion, other managers harassed and fired him for cooperating with the hospital's investigation.

Narinder Taneja claims the human resources department at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center asked him to tape record his manager extorting money from him after he reported the manager's scheme.

Taneja says the hospital promised to reimburse him the money he lost and that he would not be fired for his cooperation, but if he refused to work with them, "nothing would be done in response to his complaints."

But shortly after the manager was fired, Taneja says, other supervisors, who were friends of the former manager, became hostile and called him "dishonest and a liar," because they did not believe that he had been extorted.

Then, Taneja says, Human Resources told him they did not want to hear anything about his claims of retaliation "and did not want to speak with [him] in front of any union representation," according to the federal complaint.

Taneja says he was never reimbursed his $3,800 and was fired for a minor infraction: neglecting to refill a paper tray.

He seeks lost wages and punitive damages from the medical center and Sutter Health, for retaliation and wrongful firing.

He is represented by Karine Bohbot with Bohbot and Riles of Oakland.

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