Worker pushed out after investing in other business gets $65,000

Manager at inn invested in bar with different clientele; employer’s worries about conflict of interest ended employment relationship
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/07/2015

An Ontario employer must pay $65,000 to a long-term worker who was terminated after he invested in a similar business in a nearby town, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

Graham Carter was hired in 1992 to be a waiter and bartender at the Olde Angel Inn, a hotel, restaurant and bar in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. In 2005 the inn was purchased by Barry Williams and Nancy Penman and in 2008 they promoted Carter to the position of senior shift manager. The responsibilities of the position included running the bar, inventory control, supervision of staff and marketing.