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The disgraced ex-manager of Randstad Norway, Øyvind Sandvik, last week lost an unfair dismissal case against his former employer, after a district court in Olso ruled he had committed serious breaches while heading the company.
Mr Sandvik was fired from his post as CEO in 2011, then filing a lawsuit against Randstad that brought to light details of his seemingly notorious leadership style. During the court hearings he was accused of having made physical threats to employees and discriminating against a pregnant employee.
He was also alleged to have pocketed some of the money paid by clients for private purposes, the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv writes. In one instance, he seemingly used over €46,000 paid by customers to fund VIP seats at a football stadium in Oslo.
The court also found him guilty of not paying back money to clients who had overpaid for recruitment services if they did not contact the firm to rectify the error. In an email, he referred to himself as “the King of Norway” who made his own laws.
Mr Sandvik will now be forced to sell all the shares he still holds in the company, which are worth nearly €3 million, at a fixed price of only NKK 1 or around 13.7 cents. He has denied the allegations and said the verdict was disappointing and biased. It has not been announced whether he will appeal the decision.