FCA Claims Bigland Doesn't Qualify for Whistleblower Protection

fca claims bigland doesnt qualify for whistleblower protection

Reid Bigland, head of Ram Trucks and the man in charge of sales reporting at FCA, recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against FCA US LLC for significantly cutting his pay after he talked to the SEC reguarding an investigation into the sales reporting practices of the company. That investigation ultimately led Fiat Chrysler to change the way they report sales and acknowledge that they inaccurately reported them in the past.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, FCA filed a countersuit claiming that Bigland isn’t eligible for whistleblower status on the law.

Automotive News reports that attorneys for the automaker say that “[Bigland] expressly alleges that the staff of the SEC accuses him of engaging in some wrongdoing as to [FCA’s] monthly sales reporting.” They then claim, “Deferring incentive compensation to an individual the government has asked to acknowledge that he has engaged in some wrongdoing is not unlawful retaliation, but an eminently reasonable thing to do.”

So, to basically sum things up, Bigland said that he wasn’t involved in the decision on the sales reporting, and when asked by the government about it, he told them what was up. He then claims that as a result, FCA cut his pay 90-percent.

It appears FCA’s stance is that Bigland was one of the targets of the investigation and, if he was wrongdoing, cutting his pay was the prudent thing to do. We may never ultimately know how everything went down. But a court battle seems to be looming unless both sides come to some sort of settlement beforehand.

Bigland remains in his roles at FCA, where he’s overseeing a massive growth in Ram sales, nearly hitting Ford levels last month. With the new Heavy Duty trucks just now rolling out, those numbers might get even higher. Will that ultimately factor into all of this? Time will tell.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 16, 2019

    "where he’s overseeing a massive growth in Ram sales" Both on a Roid RamPage?

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 17, 2019

    Most. Dysfunctional. Industry. Ever. (Side note: Ram trucks are starting to look good to me. But then I see the way their owners drive on the interstate - I can't join that club.)

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
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