Poor attitude, performance makes fixed-term contract even shorter

Insults, insubordinate behaviour gave just cause to terminate executive's contract before its end date: Court
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/29/2014

An Ontario company had just cause to terminate a fixed-term employment contract due to the employee’s insubordination and poor performance, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

K. Matthew Hoang was hired on a fixed-term contract of employment beginning Oct. 4, 2010, to be the chief financial officer (CFO) for Mann Engineering, a consulting, engineering and construction company in Toronto. The contract had a termination date of Oct. 30, 2011, and Hoang’s duties involved managing administration, sales and finance staff, overseeing Mann Engineering’s financial activities and budgets, strategic tax planning, and negotiating contracts for solar development projects — projects involving programs where agricultural barns were built for farmers in return for the lease of the barn roofs for solar panels.