Honda worker awarded damages for bad-faith conduct

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Santos v. Honda of Canada Mfg. (2002, 22 C.C.E.L. (3d) 283 (Ont. S.C.J.)

Christine Santos was employed as an assembly line worker by Honda for more than three years. Her employment was terminated by Honda for cause for failing to follow proper assembly production procedures, which were designed to protect the public, and for lying about her failure to perform such tasks. Santos brought an action against Honda for damages for wrongful dismissal.

Santos was required to tighten the bolts on the vehicle doors and then to mark the doors to confirm the check had been completed as part of her job. Two employees of Honda claimed to have witnessed Santos marking the doors even though she had not tightened the bolts with her torque wrench as required.