The Detroit News reported Saturday that even as the automaker temporarily extended its employee discount program to anyone, the company is suing employees, retirees and widows giving discounts to non-relatives, court papers say.
"What an irony, huh?" said attorney John Pieri who represents a retired autoworker in Buffalo, N.Y., who is being sued for $45,501. His client is accused of giving discounts to 13 people from 2004 until April 2007.
General Motors, based in Detroit, lost $15.5 billion in the second quarter, and not the company is doing all it can to recoup losses, including those who the company gave undeserved discounts that saved buyers $1,000 to nearly $9,000, depending on the vehicle's sticker price.
"In decades past, GM was so wealthy, I think probably a lot of these types of abuses might have been tolerated," GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said. "We're obviously in a competitive situation and you get more focused on watching your costs."