17 Mar Volkswagen employee files a wrongful termination lawsuit
If you see something wrong happening at work, you generally have the right to speak up and do something about it. You’re protected, as an employee, from being retaliated against for being a whistleblower, and if you are terminated because of it, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the company.
If you’ve followed the scandal around Volkswagen, you already know that there were come concerns that the company was doctoring or eliminating evidence of wrongdoing with diesel cheating; emissions were supposedly higher than they reported among other claims.
In this news reported on March 17, a Volkswagen employee reported filing a lawsuit claiming that he was wrongfully fired from the company in December. The man claims he would not help destroy documents related to the diesel scandal, and he believes that he can win his case under a whistleblower lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed claims that the company destroyed evidence of diesel cheating following the reveal of this concern by the Environmental Protection Agency in September. Volkswagen allegedly destroyed the documents because it did not have the storage space for them. The documents and data had been destroyed despite the fact that the Justice Department had placed a hold on the documents.
According to a spokesperson for the company, the employee was not fired because of the diesel emissions issue. The company claims that the man’s lawsuit doesn’t have a foundation. However, there have been multiple claims of wrongdoing on the company’s behalf, so it’s possible that this could be a sign of further things to come.
Source: Gas 2, “Fired Employee Turns Up The Heat On Volkswagen,” Steve Hanley, March 17, 2016