FRANKFURT -- A former employee has sued DaimlerChrysler's U.S. arm Chrysler, alleging that the carmaker dragged its feet in investigating charges of improper business practices, a newspaper reported on Friday.
The Detroit News said the lawsuit was filed by a woman who ran day-to-day operations in the Chrysler office that reviews allegations of improprieties.
She was the second Chrysler employee to claim misconduct by company auditors in the past two months, the paper said. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing both cases.
A DaimlerChrysler spokesman said the company had already revealed the essence of the complaint and that it was cooperating with the SEC when it released its third-quarter interim report on Oct. 28.
"This is not a new case. We have already reported this," a spokesman for the German-American carmaker said.
The first case DaimlerChrysler revealed referred to allegations from a former employee who said in a lawsuit he was dismissed for protesting about the existence of secret bank accounts used to pay foreign officials.
Daimler finance chief Manfred Gentz said last month that the whistle-blower complaint was groundless, saying on a conference call: "From our point of view, the complaint has no merit."