Fired employee kicked while he’s down

Car dealership surprised successful sales manager with dismissal — then accused him of stealing a car when he tried to set up a business
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

Making a bad situation worse

Employers can’t get out of giving a dismissed employee reasonable notice — or, more likely, paying the employee in lieu of notice. Paying the statutory minimum for a prominent and successful employee isn’t going to cut it, regardless of whether the employer is aware of common law reasonable notice obligations.

But how can an employer make things even worse for itself? How about not being upfront with the employee about the reason for dismissal, trying to find just cause after the employee files a wrongful dismissal suit and concocting false allegations of theft that hurt the former employee’s attempts to start up his own business? That could result in a situation with a $90,000 payout to someone who was an employee for less than two years.