Judging the judge

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|Canadian Employment Law Today

When Derrick Lennox was terminated from his employment as groundskeeper with Arbor Memorial Services Inc., he brought an action for wrongful dismissal against his employer.

Arbor took the position that Mr. Lennox was terminated for cause. It alleged that Mr. Lennox misled Arbor about needing to take time off work in order to look after his daughter when the true reason was to cover for his wife who provided management services to another cemetery.

Mr. Lennox worked for Arbor since 1986, initially on a part-time basis and later full-time. Originally he was employed at Arbor’s Scarborough, Ont., location until 1995 when he transferred to their Peterborough, Ont., location.