Senior B.C. health worker fired without cause, explanation

B.C. Supreme Court critical of way termination was handled, awards 55-year-old director the maximum allowed under public-sector law
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The British Columbia Supreme Court has awarded a former director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) the maximum amount of reasonable notice it could under law after she was dismissed without cause and without explanation.

Justice James Taylor was critical of the way the VCHA handled the termination of Tess Orlando, the former director of acute home and community care for the Sunshine Coast and Powell River areas of B.C.

Orlando had seven managers reporting to her and was responsible for 350 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of about $32 million. Her annual salary was around $103,000.