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 related to the scandal was being deleted, several German language outlets are reporting (via Automotive News).
The lawsuit, filed by a former employee of Volkswagen Group of America, is the first possible evidence made public so far of a good, old fashioned cover up on this side of the Atlantic.
The employee, who worked at VWGoA’s data center in Michigan, began flagging data deletions made by a co-worker that started on September 18, 2015, the same day the scandal broke, the suit claims. According to reports, the deletions happened after a U.S. Department of Justice order to stop all “routine” data deletions at VWGoA.
The plaintiff is seeking damages in the suit. He’s protected from retaliation under Michigan’s whistleblower laws.