Good employer, bad decision

Constructive dismissal can occur even when nobody is acting maliciously
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today


Even when nobody is acting in a malicious manner, legal problems can arise in the workplace. A recent case heard by the British Columbia Supreme Court provides a perfect example. In that case the failure to communicate between a sensitive employee, an office manager seeking to plan ahead and a kindly company president ended up in litigation. The court awarded the employee 10-months’ notice after it ruled she had been constructively dismissed in a case that proves even the best-intentioned employer can inadvertently put its foot in its mouth.

The case: Fisher v. Lakeland Mills Ltd.