Toronto Humane Society workers had no reason to reject work

Workers thought Humane Society's actions in collecting strays was illegal — but court said there was no legal basis for that opinion
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Workers cannot stop doing their duties without a legitimate reason for thinking they’re being asked to do something illegal.

Diane Roden and Karen Mottram worked for the Toronto Humane Society. Their employment was terminated on June 25, 2002, when they refused to implement the society’s policies on accepting stray animals.

The Humane Society operates a large animal shelter in Toronto. Roden was the shelter manager overseeing day-to-day operations of the shelter. She was responsible for up to 50 union employees and three supervisors. Mottram was one of the three supervisors and was responsible for animals being moved through the shelter and being released to the public.