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Bauer v. Seaspan International Ltd., 2004 CarswellNat 3740, 2004 FC 1441 (F.C.)

John Bauer was hired as a labourer for Seaspan International Ltd. in August 1996. He initially earned $19 per hour, an amount which was bumped to $21 per hour when he was promoted to the position of lead utility man. He was subsequently demoted to his old position but his pay remained at the higher rate.

Bauer was dismissed in March 2001. He sought to be reinstated on the grounds he had been unjustly dismissed. An adjudicator ruled in his favour and assessed damages at $101,400.