Dany Bahar, the former Lotus chief executive officer who was fired in June, sued the automaker for wrongful dismissal.
Bahar filed a claim against Lotus and Malaysian parent company DRB-Hicom and seeks amends of 6.7 million pounds ($10.6 million) for unlawful early termination of his employment. DRB’s lawyers were notified of the claim on August 23rd.
“Dany Bahar was dismissed after an investigation into his stewardship of Lotus, ” DRB said in the filing, without being specific. “We believe we have acted properly at all times,” it said, adding that DRB and Lotus would “vigorously” oppose and defend the claim.
On June 7th, DRB fired Bahar from Lotus for unspecified concerns over his conduct. Bahar joined the company in 2009 as CEO, after he was recruited from Ferrari, where he occupied the position of senior vice president. In 2010 he came up with a 5-year plan to increase Lotus sales in emerging markets and introduce new models, beginning with the Esprit at the end of 2013.
In March DRB was determined to sell Lotus if it doesn’t manage to meet the set targets, but then in May it announced it decided against selling the auto maker. The two companies announced they will file counter-claims against Bahar.