High-tech worker spurns Celestica’s severance offer, ends up with less after court fight

Judge rejects worker's "one-month-for-every-year-of-service" request
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A high-tech worker who spurned his employer’s severance package during a downsizing ended up with a smaller award after taking his fight to court.

Walter Bustos started working for Celestica International in Toronto intermittently as a student in 1993. He accepted a full-time job in 1996, eventually moving up to the position of production cell leader.

In April 2004 the company announced a reduction in its global workforce because of the downturn in the technology sector.