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Special> Global Financial Crisis> Latest
UPDATED: March 16, 2009
Report: AIG to Pay Millions in Bonuses Despite Gov't Pressure
Insurance giant American International Group will still give its senior employees tens of million of dollars in bonuses

A man stands in front of an AIG logo in Tokyo March 3, 2009. Japan's Nikkei stock average touched a four-month low on Tuesday but later pared losses to 1 percent, with banks such as Mizuho Financial Group down on fear about the U.S. financial system after AIG posted huge losses. (Xinhua/Reuters. File Photo)

Insurance giant American International Group, which has received 173 billion U.S. dollars in federal bailout cash, will still give its senior employees tens of million of dollars in bonuses, The Washington Post reported.

In a phone call on Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner told AIG Chairman and chief executive Edward M. Liddy that the payments were unacceptable and needed to be renegotiated, according to the report.

The company has since agreed to change the terms of some of these payments.

But in a letter to Geithner, Liddy wrote that the bonuses could not be cancelled altogether because the firm would risk a lawsuit for breaching employment contracts, said the report.

Liddy also expressed concerns about whether changing the bonuses would lead to an exodus of talented employees who are needed to turn the company around, it added.

AIG has agreed to restructure the 9.6 million dollars in bonuses it would have paid to the firm's top 50 officers. AIG's top seven executives, including Liddy, have already agreed to forgo this payment altogether.

(Xinhua News Agency March 16, 2009)

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