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Norway – Former Randstad CEO branded monster

05 October 2012

A former CEO of Randstad Norway has appeared in court this week after he was fired by the staffing company last year, a dismissal he claims was unfair. But now ex-employees claim his regime at the firm was one of fear.

Øyvind Sandvik was formerly the CEO of the company, writes Norwegian newspaper DN today. He is said to have helped establish Randstad Norway as one of today’s largest staffing providers in the country.

Mr Sandvik spent years in the management team of the firm but was fired in 2011, and then subsequently filed a lawsuit against his former employer. The case is currently being discussed at an Oslo District Court, where some details of his seemingly notorious leadership style have come to light.

Former employees accuse the manager of having made threats to fire staff if they made mistakes, humiliating them in front of other colleagues. He is also said to have made physical threats to a former receptionist, claiming he would beat her up if he met her alone in the street in order to bully her out of her job.

An ex-colleague also claims that he made working conditions for a pregnant worker unbearable so she would leave on her own accord to avoid paying maternity pay.

Mr Sandvik said he has been branded a monster and denies the allegations. 

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