WHEN FIRING, BE KIND OR BEWARE

Contributed by Albert S. Frank – Lawyer. An employer can terminate an employee at any time. But if there was no “just cause” for termination then the employer owes money compensation to the employee. That compensation is called “damages.”

 
The damages are mainly to cover lost earnings during the time it would likely take the employee to get a new job.

 
But there can be extra damages if the firing was done in a nasty way. An employee can get “moral damages” or “damages for mental distress” if the manner of dismissal was unfair or in bad faith by being, for example, untruthful, misleading or unduly insensitive.

 
One business owner decided to fire an executive. Instead of telling the executive himself, he got a secretary to do it. The trial judge was outraged and awarded bigger damages because a secretary did the firing.

 
In Altman v. Steve’s Music the employer fired a long-time employee after she fell ill with cancer. The firing was nasty: she got harsh letters that the trial judge found were “replete with mistruths.” Because of the nastiness the judge awarded an extra $35,000.
If the employer adds insult to injury – look out!

 
Albert S. Frank – Lawyer
Cabbagetown Law Chambers
203 – 603 ½ Parliament Street  Toronto, Ontario M4x 1P9 Phone: 416 929 7202
afrank@FrankLaw.ca      www.franklaw.ca

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

Photo--of-Lion-for-Andre-Bermon-cmyk-article-on-John-Innes-Moss-Park

John Innes, a tale of Moss Park

Contributed By Andre Bermon. History is everywhere. It often lingers in places we least expect. The John Innes Community Recreation Centre located in the downtown neighbourhood of Moss Park is one … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-Kawhi

CABBAGETOWN SOUTH GOES VIRAL

A new mural appeared on 50 Pembroke Street, and it is just in time for the big playoff adventure for the Raptors and the city. On the heels of other vinyl interpretations elsewhere in the city, this … [Read More...]

Pay with Cash…make someone’s day

The small independently owned neighbourhood restaurant, or any small business in our community, could use your help. The lady who serves you coffee each morning at your local Tim Horton franchise? … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-Farmers-Market

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market is back!

Connecting Cabbagetown with its agricultural community -Tuesdays! Riverdale Park West hosts this season, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (just outside the farm gates), with many of the community’s … [Read More...]

Team-Bloch-clothing-drive

Thank you Cabbagetown!

Contributed by Daniel Bloch & Liora Tal-BlochSales Representatives, BLOCH Real Estate Team Our Annual Front Door Pickup Clothing Drive was a huge success!   With the continued support … [Read More...]

Globe-dining-photo-2-DinnerWithAView-(002)

Dinner with a view

Contributed by Jennifer Torres. What an interesting experience. Upping your dinner experience by dining with five of your closest friends and family in your own personal dome, sounds divine, but I … [Read More...]

Dixon Hall Youth Centre

Contributed by Bill Morneau. Toronto Centre is filled with people and organizations that care about our community and those who call it home. That’s why we saw the whole community and all three levels … [Read More...]

Impact Skateboard Club

Making and Impact

Impact Skateboard Club is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization for children and youth, focused on inclusion and personal development through skateboarding. Programming and events are based on … [Read More...]

HomeLife-PATIO-AREA-summer-article-photo-(002)

Let the sunshine in!

Contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker , Manager HomeLife/Realty One Ltd., Brokerage   During the summer season our Realtors stay active by helping and keeping people informed. We love … [Read More...]

Rob-Vellone-and-Chewie

A Fond Farewell to a Gentle Giant

A Fond Farewell to a Gentle Giant- Rest in Peace and May the Force Be with You! Contributed by ‘Comic book artist’ Rob Vellone I love dogs and I grew up with one of the best! I also love Star Wars. … [Read More...]

Desmond-Ryan

10-33 Assist PC

Contributed by Author Desmond P. Ryan. In our last instalment of Cabbagetown resident Desmond P. Ryan’s 10-33 Assist PC, fictional Detective Constable Mike O’Shea--a cop with a knack for working hard … [Read More...]

Cabbagetown-Youth-Centre

Cabbagetown Youth Centre History

Peter Wylie’s name was in the newspaper, and it was a problem. It was the late 1960s, and he had taken part in an amateur boxing competition in Toronto. Wylie, a rookie police officer, hadn’t realized … [Read More...]

St James Town Steaks and chops