Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Employee fired for cause still gets $25,000


In an unusual case, a court awarded a big chunk of cash to a man who was fired for being persistently late for work and making defective airplane parts. This decision highlights the difference in the common law and statutory definitions of "just cause" for termination.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Haines ruled that although Stephanus Oosterbosch was fired for good reasons, he was entitled to both termination and severance pay under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) of over $25,000 in total.

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