Laying off a worker is not wrongful dismissal in Alberta

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Vrana v. Procor Ltd. [2003] A.J. No. 131

George Vrana sued Procor for wrongful dismissal. Vrana had been continuously employed by Procor since 1984 without a written employment agreement.

On March 20, 2000, Procor told Vrana that he was laid off due to a lack of work but they would notify him of a recall when the situation improved. During the period of layoff, Vrana started a wrongful dismissal claim against Procor, stating he had been constructively dismissed.