Move back to Ottawa from Caribbean island leads to maximum award

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Russell v. Foley (2002), 17 C.C.E.L. (3d) 146 (Ont. S.C.J.)

The plaintiff, an owner and operator of an equestrian operation in St. Maarten, an island in the Caribbean, was hired by the employer to help him develop a first-class equestrian facility in Ottawa. She sought damages in the amount of $25,000 for wrongful dismissal.

The evidence of the employer and the former employee contradicted on nearly every matter. The plaintiff claimed she sold her farm and returned to Ottawa on the basis of the opportunity offered to her by the defendant.