Fight Network scraps over employment contract

Editor agreed to terms over telephone but signed written deal with additional provisions
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at whether a written employment contract with additional stipulations superseded an oral contract agreed to earlier.

Krzysztof Rejdak, 37, was hired as an editor and creative director by The Fight Network (TFN), a digital television channel that broadcasts fights, in August 2005. At the time, Rejdak was working for a sport television network, where he had been for seven years.

On Aug. 3, 2005, Rejdak was interviewed for the position at TFN and edited a promotional tape as a test. The chief strategic officer (CSO) and director of programming and production were happy with his performance and the director called Rejdak on Aug. 5. They discussed his title, salary and start date. Rejdak claimed the director offered him the job during the call, while the director said he asked Rejdak to come in to discuss a contract.