A former employee, who was fired after news of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke, is claiming in a lawsuit that he was let go from the automaker after noticing data connected to the scandal was getting deleted, several German language outlets are reporting (via Automotive News).
The lawsuit, filed by a former employee of Volkswagen Group of America, is the initial possible evidence produced public so far of a good, old fashioned cover up on this side of the Atlantic.
The employee, who worked at VWGoA’s information center in Michigan, started flagging information deletions created by a co-worker that started on September 18, 2015, the identical day the scandal broke, the suit claims. According to reports, the deletions happened right after a U.S. Department of Justice order to stop all “routine” information deletions at VWGoA.
The plaintiff is searching for damages in the suit. He’s protected from retaliation beneath Michigan’s whistleblower laws.
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