The Wallace factor

Landmark 1997 Supreme Court decision changed the wrongful dismissal landscape. Here’s how to avoid being ‘Wallaced’
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

For many people, work is one of the defining features of their lives. Identity and self-worth are closely tied to what people do for a living. Therefore, being fired from a job — particularly without cause — can be extremely stressful and damaging to an employee’s mental health.

Wallace v. United Grain Grower

s, a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997, recognized this fact of the employment relationship and put in place a mechanism to punish employers that are overtly callous when terminating staff.