Jumping director Clas Brede Bråthen (52) has filed a summons with the Oslo District Court. It requires permanent employment with the Norwegian Ski Association.
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– We received many questions from the media about the “Bråthen case”, so we opted to report that today a subpoena has been sent to the Oslo District Court, says Marit Håvemoen from Advokatene at LO in a press release.
This means that the notice of action becomes reality. They came with on August 20. Bråthen filed a lawsuit in response to the non-extension of his contract with the Norwegian Ski Association, after 17 years working on temporary contracts.
In the lawsuit, Bråthen demands permanent employment and wants the exception that sport has in relation to temporary employment to be ignored. Bråthen is said to find it very regrettable to sue.
– 17 years is not temporary. This is not how it should be in Norwegian working life, says union leader Christopher Beckham at Trade and Office, a union of which Bråthen is a member, in the press release.
Clas Brede Bråthen and lawyer Marit Håvemoen have not yet responded to VG’s questions.
– We do not know, but if that is the case, naturally we take note. It will be a matter of principle that is relevant to all Norwegian sports, says Espen Graff, communications manager for the Norwegian Ski Association.
At the same time it holds the jumping committee meets with the board of directors of the Norwegian Ski Association in the inflamed case. Monday’s meeting was unsuccessful and they are now working throughout the week to find a solution to the situation, which has created a huge rift in Hopp-Norge.
Monday was suggested a new role n–or Clas Brede Bråthen, who wanted to release him from administrative responsibility, but still act as head of the jumpers. The jumping committee supports the proposal.
– What happens next to the lawsuit will depend, among other things, on whether the Norwegian Ski Federation also supports the Jumping Committee’s decision, says Håvemoen.
Alf Tore Haug, chair of the jumping committee, has responded to VG’s questions after the summons was released.
Internal letter: jumping committee supports new proposal in Bråthen case
The background to the case is that the sports director of the national jumping team, Clas Brede Bråthen, has ended up in conflict with the general secretary Ingvild Bretten Berg. It has been publicly known since mid-August.
Bråthen is accused of unacceptable behavior in working life. He himself denies it. Both the jumpers, the coaches and the sponsors are on Bråthen’s side in the case.
At the same time, six of the national jumping team sponsors have announced that they will withdraw their support if Bråthen is not allowed to keep the job.
In December 2020, Bråthen received a written warning from the ski association. It was mainly about things he had stated in a case to Dagbladet, where he thought women’s jumps were degraded during the corona pandemic.
The press release states that Bråthen believes it is unfair and has not gone beyond the freedom of expression that he has as an employee.