Employment Law Cases in BC

Restaurant Manager Let Go After 13+ Years. Judge Concludes She Was Terminated, Awards 15 Months Pay

Our client was a 37-year old restaurant manager with 13.5 years of employment who alleged she was terminated (or constructively dismissed) whereas the owner claimed she was suspended and then abandoned her position. The judge found in favor of our client, and awarded her 15 months of severance (including gratuities). The case was appealed, where our client won again.

Chapple v. Umberto Management Ltd. – Read More

24-year employees terminated with 11 months’ severance. Award expands severance and benefits for all three

Our clients were three employees, roughly 42-43 years old, with similar positions, and each with approximately 24 years of service for the employer – a directory service. They had initially each been offered 11 months of severance. We were able to achieve a successful judgment on their behalf which resulted in a 15 month notice award for each employee, including damages for overtime pay, anticipated wage increases and bonuses. Common v. Superpages – Read More

53 Year-Old Secretary Obtains 12 Month Award for 15 Years of Service

Our client was terminated and initially offered 15 weeks of severance after working for 15 years for an international engineering and construction company after . The judge found this to be inadequate and awarded our client 15 months of severance. Jackson v. SNC Lavalin – Read More

50 Year-Old Haematologist Successfully Sues for Retroactive Salary Increase and Breach of Contract

Our client had worked his employer for four years when his employment ended in 2001. He sued his employer for breach of contract, and for retroactive salary. The judge found in his favour on both counts. He was awarded 8 months of notice, and retroactive salary back to 1998. Mangal v. Cdn Blood Services – Read More

Laid Off 44 Year-Old Computer Engineer Awarded 10 Month Notice

The director of a computer engineering department in a well-known technology company was laid off due to marketplace conditions. Despite a PhD, great track record and five years with the company, he was unable to immediately find comparable work. He sued for an expanded notice period and won. Leung v. MDSI – Read More

Chemical Engineer Successfully Expands Notice Period from Nine Weeks to Ten Months

A 36 year-old chemical engineer moved her family from back East to work in BC as a manager of quality control for a paper mill. A little over two years later she was terminated with a group of employees for marketplace reasons, and was offered (among other things) nine weeks of severance. She successfully sued the company for more adequate severance pay and obtained a 10 month award. Winterburn v. Domtar – Read More

61 Year-Old Radiologist Receives Maximum Award in Wrongful Dismissal Case

After serving for 10 as a radiologist and later, a medical director at a busy Metro Vancouver clinic, our client was fired without cause and offered nine months of severance. Due to the various circumstances of the case, the judge awarded our client the maximum allowed for a wrongful dismissal case: 24 months. Bachynski v. DC Diagnosticare – Read More

Notice Period Doubled for Technical Sales Representative

Initially, our client (a 33 year-old technical sales representative employee with 17 months service) was given a three-week notice provision. We were able to successfully argue this time period was inadequate, and our client was awarded six months notice.

Wijesinghe v. Landel Controls Ltd.

Travel Agency Manager Awarded Five Months’ Severance after Two Years of Service

Our client was a 57 year-old travel agency manager who had been with the company for two years when she was terminated for cause. The judge found her to be dismissed without cause, and adjusted the notice period to five months. Mercier v. Trans Globe Travel – Read More

Clinical Administrator Obtains 8-Month Award

Our client was a 40 year old clinical administrator with 9 years of service for a health centre. She was dismissed for cause, with no notice. We were able to obtain an 8-month award for her, which was upheld on appeal. Panton v. Everywoman’s Health Centre Society – Read More

On Appeal, Claims Examiner Retains 6-Month Award

Our client, a claims examiner with an insurance agency, was fired for cause after three years of service and given no notice. She sued her former employer where the judge found her to have been wrongfully dismissed, and awarded her 6 months of severance. The Agency went to appeal, where we were able to have the original award upheld. Rieta v. North American Air Travel – Read More

60 Year-Old Claims Adjuster Obtains Maximum Wrongful Dismissal Award

Our client was a 60 year-old claims manager with 18 years of service to ICBC who was dismissed with cause. We successfully argued he was wrongfully dismissed, and he receive a 24 month award. Petit v. I.C.B.C. – Read More

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