High-skill workers get high-level wrongful dismissal award

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Turnbull v. Juniper Networks Inc., 2002 Carswell BC 2747 (B.C.S.C.)

Stuart Turnbull and Stephen Lloyd sued for wrongful dismissal. They were both highly skilled workers in the telecommunications industry. Each of them had been recruited by Juniper from major competitors in the industry.

Turnbull, a 40-year-old senior account manager, accepted a base salary of $141,000 with potential commissions of $215,000. Lloyd, a systems engineer, accepted a base salary of $152,700 with potential commissions of $67,400. Both men signed employment agreements with Juniper in June 2000. On June 15, 2001, Turnbull and Lloyd were both dismissed without cause and paid two months’ salary in lieu of notice.