Cocaine for a party? Fired right away

The 34-year-old man has worked at the solar cell wholesaler Natec Sunergy in Den Bosch since 2012. He was account manager there, and since last year also country manager for the Netherlands. In addition to his gross monthly salary of 6,000 euros, he benefited from a profit-sharing scheme and owned certificates in the company.


In February, a colleague complained to his employer about “excessive behavior” on the part of the supervisor during a party. In a subsequent interrogation, the man admitted that he had used and offered drugs to others at various corporate events attended by colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Natec then suspended the man and fired him on the spot after a follow-up conversation.

group pressure

According to the company, it had been established that the man had used hard drugs at at least four corporate events between November and February; during a housewarming, a team outing, a trade show and a departmental outing.

Several colleagues would also have had a ‘particularly insecure feeling’ because the man would have created peer pressure to also use drugs.

Naked massaged

In addition to drug use, the company added a laundry list of other offenses as additional justification for the dismissal.

For example, the man must have had a nude massage at one of the parties by an employee of a supplier, and he must have forwarded a video of this to a female colleague who had been at home incapacitated for some years. time.

Ali B-tje

He must also have called an employee of the supplier that evening with sexually colored comments, something he later described as an ‘Ali B’.

The head of state refused to accept the dismissal and demanded his job back from the assistant referee in Den Bosch.

According to the man, the director of Natec knew well how to ‘work’ during corporate events and that he ‘gives customers and suppliers a party if they want it’. The company would always have approved that.


The man denied having encouraged colleagues to use drugs. According to him, he would not be the only employee who uses drugs ‘recreationally’. It would even be normal among younger colleagues.

Regarding the nude massage, the man stated that none of the party participants took offense. In fact, everyone should have ‘laughed a lot’ at it. A previous (almost) nude performance – where the man had only served colleagues with an apron during an excursion – would not have caused any problems.

Finally, the country manager argued that his employer had investigated unfairly and pressured him to explain about the company’s events.

To bring in customers

In court, Natec denied having knowledge of the man’s drug use. The company also denied that it is customary in the industry to arrange parties involving alcohol and drugs to pick up customers and suppliers.

A ruling released Friday shows that the Bossche judge was not impressed with the governor’s defense.

Not through the bracket

According to the judge, the man was guilty of ‘serious cross-border behavior’ alone with the drug use. The naked massage in a business environment and the sexual comments are also unacceptable.

According to the infringement judge, it is sufficiently probable that there is an urgent reason for the dismissal. Therefore, because it is not likely that a substantive judge will cancel the dismissal, the dismissal will stand.

No severance pay

This means that the country manager loses his job with a generous salary, profit sharing and certificates, is not entitled to a transitional allowance or severance pay, and due to the criminal dismissal will probably not be entitled to unemployment benefits.

Lawyers for both the solar wholesaler and the fired manager could not be reached for comment.

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