Solid employee dismissed two weeks shy of end of probationary period

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Dang v. North American Tea, Coffee & Herbs Trading Co. (2002), 19 C.C.E.L. (3d) 312 (B.C. Prov. Ct.)

Dang claimed damages for wrongful dismissal after his employment was terminated about two weeks before the expiration of six months of employment. Dang had graduated from university as a marine biologist and chemical engineer. He began his employment after he was contacted by a headhunting firm.

When he started his position he was given a document which was supposed to provide for the terms and conditions of his employment. The document stated, “Probation Period: Six Month Review.” Dang was never asked to sign the document. The company took the position he was a probationary employee for a period of six months and therefore his employment could be terminated without cause during that period.