Short-term employee unjustly dismissed, but not much notice required

Teacher had run-ins with principal and executive
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/27/2013

A teacher in a First Nations community was unjustly dismissed following altercations with her superiors but received sufficient notice of termination of her contract, a Canada Labour Code adjudicator has ruled.

Valerie Anderson was a high school teacher in Attawapiskat, Ont., a First Nations community in the northern part of the province. She began working in February 2010 on a contract valid until August of that year. She later signed a one-year contract starting in August 2010 and, on May 17, 2011, she signed a third contract scheduled to expire in August 2012.

In October 2010, Anderson found racial slurs directed towards her on a blackboard at school. Later that same month, two boys directed racial comments towards her. They were suspended for two days and “talked to.”