Fire inspector’s future plans alarm employer

Worker talked with co-workers about starting his own business
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at a worker who was fired after his employer claimed he was trying to start a competing business and recruit co-workers.

Ameerodin Alishah worked as a senior fire inspector for a fire alarm company for eight years. In December 2004, Alishah was hired for a similar position by J.D. Collins Fire Protection Company. Collins assured him at the time of his hiring he had “a viable long-term future with Collins.”

On Jan. 14, 2005, upon the start of his employment with Collins, Alishah was asked to sign a confidentiality and non-solicitation agreement which prevented him from recruiting any Collins employees while with the company and for one year after leaving it. He had received no prior notice of the agreement and was told he wouldn’t be able to start work with Collins until he signed it.