Fired worker awarded wages until he turns 65

Arbitrator awards unionized worker, 58, wages until retirement because company had no cause to fire him and refused to reinstate him
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario employer has been ordered to pay a 58-year-old unionized worker it fired without cause wages until he turns 65.

Dave Dorogi was fired from his job as a general labourer with Presteve Foods Ltd. in Wheatley, Ont., on Dec. 27, 2005. He filed a grievance through his union, the Canadian Auto Workers, that there was no cause for this disciplinary action. He had five years’ seniority, which made him the most senior hourly worker, and was also the union steward.

At the arbitration hearing, Luis Resendes, a supervisor at Presteve Foods, appeared on behalf of the company. He had only two messages for the arbitrator in his brief opening statements.