The woman who used to run the whistle-blower hotline for DaimlerChrysler workers is blowing the whistle herself.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating allegations by Christine Holtzman that some tips from employees were ignored or covered up. She also says company officials tried to learn the identities of some callers to the confidential Open Line, which was created to receive tips about abuses within the company.
Holtzman, who worked at company headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., says she was fired in late 2003, after 17 years with the company, for complaining about the way some tips were being handled. The SEC launched its probe after the Labor Department declined to investigate.
The automaker says it is cooperating with the investigation and denies Holtzman's allegations.