Illegal order doesn’t void terms of employment contract

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Onni Property Management Services Inc. v. Campbell, 2002 BCSC 1310 (B.C. S.C.)

Campbell worked for Amacon-Onni Management Inc. doing renovations on one of its apartment buildings. On Feb. 15, 2001, his supervisor told him to remove the door of one of the suites and the belongings in that suite and to place them in storage. Campbell knew there was a dispute with the tenant and was worried what he was asked to do was illegal.

Campbell told his supervisor he could not comply with the directions he had been given without getting legal advice. The supervisor considered this refusal to be insubordination and terminated Campbell’s employment. Campbell was given his vacation pay but was not given any severance.