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The story of how General Motors repeatedly silenced a whistleblower

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Courtland Kelley, 52, had been working for General Motors for over 30 years when the car manufacturer released the results of its investigation into the faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 54 crashes, and at least 13 deaths. The report, assembled by former US attorney Anton Valukas and released on 6 June, blamed GM for its inaction. But Kelly knew that the problem surrounding the switch ran deeper than that, because he had been pushed out of his job, and repeatedly transferred to other departments, for speaking up about it and various other defects. Still, he stayed at GM for his family and to secure his retirement, even after falling into depression. The full story of how GM repeatedly tried to silence Kelly — and how he fought back — is detailed in Bloomberg Businessweek.