Five Vestas employees – among them former Germany sales manager Andreas Eichler – have left their jobs at the Danish wind turbine manufacturer amid allegations of corruption in the German media.
The company at headquarters in Denmark is staying tight-lipped
about the matter and declined to release any information beyond the number of
employees that have left.
“Vestas can confirm that a number of employees in Vestas
Central Europe, including Andreas Eichler, have left the company. We are
not commenting on the nature of their departure,” Vestas said in a statement
sent to Recharge.
“Vestas considers this a matter between the company and the
affected employees and therefore we do not have any further comments.”
A Vestas spokeswoman told the online version of the
magazine Bizz Energy Today that five senior
managers left amid accusations regarding compliance issues – meaning they had
to leave the company after apparently violating company rules.
The sudden departure in mid-March of the five
employees points to a possible severe corruption scandal at Vestas, the
magazine claims, citing unnamed industry sources.
Layoffs in Germany usually are only possible after a certain,
sometimes lengthy, period of notice. Labour legislation only allows instant
dismissals in the case of grave violations of company rules, other severe
wrongdoing or operational problems at the company.