Employer pays price for passing over downsized employee

Redundant employee gets 18 months’ pay after not getting hired for similar job posted before termination date
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/07/2015

A Newfoundland and Labrador employer wrongfully dismissed an employee whose job it eliminated in restructuring moves but failed to hire when a similar position became available before the employee’s termination date, an adjudicator has ruled.

John Mathieu, 61, was hired by a St. John’s, N.L.-based subsidiary of Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication services, to be an account specialist on a temporary basis as a maternity leave replacement on Dec. 29, 2009. The assignment was to last until March 2011.