Employer acts too quickly after employee throws tantrum, quits

Employee stormed out after altercation and employer assumed it was a resignation
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/07/2009

An Ontario employer was too hasty in assuming an employee resigned when he left the office in a huff, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

Barry Upcott, 54, was a production manager at Savaria Concord Lifts, a manufacturer of elevators and home accessibility products in Brampton, Ont. He joined the company in April 2000 and by 2008 was the most senior planning manager at the company.