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MacKenzie v. Rau (2002), 22 C.C.E.L. (3d) 238 (Ont. S.C.J.)

Gary MacKenzie brought an action against his former employer for damages for wrongful dismissal. MacKenzie had worked for Rau for about 12 years as a private investigator. For the six years prior to his dismissal, MacKenzie had taken on the position of manager of the employer’s London, Ont. office.

MacKenzie signed an employment agreement when he first started working for the employer and then later signed a second contract because of a change in the employer’s corporate and partnership structures. The employer alleged MacKenzie was dismissed for just cause, claiming he had falsified an investigation report.