Family squabble leads to 24-month notice award

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Stroppa v. Globe Foundry Ltd., 2005 CarswellBC 521, 2005 BCSC 312 (B.C. Public Service Adjud. Bd.)

A British Columbia adjudication board has ruled in favour of a co-owner of a family business who was fired without cause. The board said Betty Ann Stroppa did not realize she was a subordinate to her brother, who was the company’s president, when she refused to follow his directives.

Stroppa worked for 27 years for Globe Foundry Ltd. She owned 25 per cent of the shares in the company and was also the company’s secretary and treasurer. Her brother owned 37 per cent and was the president, and her sister owned 25 per cent and was vice-president.