The man, who worked for a large Swedish technology company, was held in a Chinese prison for 15 days after the arrest, Metro reports. His company was forced to fly a replacement to China.
The man, who had worked at the company for 33 years was later sacked. The firm claimed that the episode had damaged its “century-old reputation.”
The man is now suing his employer in the Swedish Labour Court. He is supported by his union, IF Metall, which claims that the man was not arrested in the course of his work, and there were therefore no grounds for his dismissal.
The union is also critical of the company for not investigating whether it was possible to move him within the firm.