Former Southern Honda Powersports sales rep files whistleblower suit

Publish Date: 
May 4, 2010

A former salesman for Southern Honda Powersports has sued Honda’s biggest dealership, claiming he was fired because he refused to falsify forms.

Neil A. Highfield says in his lawsuit that he was a top-performing salesman, but was fired because he refused to sign documents that said he had disclosed all safety issues and recalls on every bike and ATV he sold.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, Southern Honda Powersports "demanded that [Highfield] falsify documents required by American Honda ... and by federal rules and regulations."

Dealership owner Tim Kelly told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press he does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation, but called the lawsuit "completely baseless and without merit, and we will vigorously defend against it in court."

Posted by Holly Wagner