Former Nissan service manager awarded $22,000 bonus

Employer didn't have change to bonus in writing, court said it didn't make sense
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A former service manager at a Nissan dealership was awarded a $22,000 bonus by an Ontario court.

Francois Danis was the service manager at Rendez-Vous Nissan in Hawkesbury, Ont., from 1998 until he left in February 2002. Danis said he was entitled to receive a yearly bonus on the sale of parts and services for the period he was employed by the dealership.

But the dealership said it had already paid him all the bonuses he was entitled to and that Danis had agreed to cancel the existing bonus arrangement in March of 2000 in return for being allowed to earn commissions by selling cars. Danis agreed he was allowed to sell cars and earn commissions, but denied this replaced the bonus arrangement.