GM Whistle-Blower Punished for Highlighting Dangers
When Courtland Kelley broke ranks in 2003 to expose safety flaws in GM’s safety practices, he hoped his actions might change the firm’s culture of silence. But management’s maltreatment of the whistle-blower was cited in a recent report as a reason why other employees had not also raised concerns. The report described the “GM nod,” whereby staff would agree to make changes and then fail to implement them. Eleven years and at least 13 deaths later, hopefully the automaker is now more receptive to employee feedback.