Volkswagen U.S. Unit Destroyed Evidence, Ex-Worker Suit Says

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Extract from article by Margaret Cronin Fisk

Personnel at Volkswagen AG’s U.S. unit in Michigan destroyed evidence after the U.S. announced last year that the company had installed illegal devices on hundreds of thousands of vehicles to cheat emissions tests, a former employee said in a lawsuit.

Daniel Donovan, who worked as a technical project manager in Auburn Hills, Michigan, said he was fired in December after telling superiors, including the company’s in-house lawyers, that data was being deleted. Donovan, who had worked for VW since 2008, sued in state court last week, alleging wrongful termination and violation of Michigan’s whistle-blower law.

The deletion of data conflicted with an order Donovan received to preserve such information after the Sept. 18 announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that VW had violated federal law by rigging vehicles sold in the U.S., he said in the complaint.