Constructive lessons in dismissal

Does someone else’s promotion constitute constructive dismissal?
By Jorge Talbot
|Canadian Employment Law Today


When Barbara Carnegie discovered in February 2001 that a colleague she regarded as an equal had been promoted and was now her boss, she didn’t take the news well.

Upset, Carnegie, the director of sales and service for Liberty Health, refused offers to move to another directorship that would avoid having her report to her newly promoted co-worker. Remaining in her job, she adamantly refused to answer to her new superior. Liberty Health declined to change the reporting structure. Carnegie quit and sued for constructive dismissal.