Former Zagreb Holding Employee Must Return Half a Million Kuna

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a former employee of Zagreb Holding from Varazdin County must pay the huge sum of 558,000 kuna to Vodoopskrba i odvodnja (Water and sewerage supply) from Zagreb and reimburse 48,250 kuna in court costs. This is the financial painful result of a somewhat unusual situation, as reported by Vecernji list.

The individual in question was employed by Zagreb Holding (Zagrebacki holding) until back in March 2013, when he was then fired. He initiated a labour dispute against Zagreb Holding and the company was ordered by the competent court in Zagreb to return him to his old work position.

In November of that same year, Vodoopskrba i odvodnja was entered into the court register as an independent company and the entire business of the former branch was transferred to that, as were all employment contracts of that time. The former Zagreb Holding employee subsequently initiated proceedings against the company for the payment of arrears of wages from the day of their extraordinary dismissal until the final court ruling establishing that that same dismissal was in fact illegal.

Zagreb Holding paid him money on several occasions throughout 2019, and after these payments, the former employee addressed the legal services of Vodoopskrba i odvodnja with a request to pay him the amounts listed according to the final judgment of the court, even though he knew that the requested amounts had already been paid previously.

He threatened an employee working for Zagreb Holding’s legal department that he would initiate enforcement proceedings against Zagreb Holding if the funds weren’t paid to him “as soon as possible”.

As such, back io in November 2019, 558,000 kuna was paid into his account. Only then, in correspondence with Zagreb Holding, did they realise that he had already been paid the requested amount and now must return it. A criminal complaint was also filed against the former employee who obviously hadn’t ever heard of quitting while ahead.

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