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A second former Norwegian Cruise Line executive has gone to court claiming that his one-time employer is trying to get out of paying him his contractually agreed upon severance package. Svenn Dahl worked for NCL for 35 years. Most recently he had been in charge of the company’s building and expansion program as well as its hotel and ship operations. In his suit, filed this week in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Dahl alleges that after NCL was taken over by Star Cruises last year, there was a concerted effort to “get rid of the NCL veterans who had turned the company around.” And, says the suit, the cruise line “did not want to pay those employees the severance packages to which they were contractually obligated.” Dahl claims he was ousted in March, after new management told him his position had been eliminated. Dahl also claims that he and others were made scapegoats by new executives who blamed them for “a pattern of violations of environmental law on several ships” that had occurred under former management. The company cited those problems as the reason he would not be entitled to his severance package. An NCL representative said the company hadn’t yet seen the lawsuit and that it was NCL’s policy not to comment on pending litigation. In April, Geir Aune, NCL’s former president and chief executive, filed a similar suit against the cruise line. Aune alleged that he was pushed out and was not paid some $2 million. NCL fired back with a suit of its own, alleging that Aune engaged in a pattern of misconduct including tax evasion, immigration fraud and, like Dahl, covering up environmental violations.

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