Employee’s constructive dismissal accusation too hasty

Reduction of responsibilities Vancouver city employee had taken on unofficially weren’t part of regular job duties
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/03/2014

A restructuring of Vancouver city staff that resulted in some unofficial duties being taken away from a manager did not fundamentally change the manager’s employment contract, the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled.

Carlene Robbins was an employee of the City of Vancouver hired in 1975. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of manager, property use inspection. She had 29 employees reporting to her in the property use inspection branch.

In April 2000, the assistant director of by-law compliance was also put in charge of the property use inspection and by-law administration branches. At the time, Robbins was the manager, records services and by-law administration, so she began reporting to this assistant director for by-law administration maters while reporting to another director for records services.