District manager demoted after affair with company owner ends

Owner claimed employee wasn’t doing her job well and requested a change, but evidence showed employee wanted to stay in her position
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/12/2014

A British Columbia employer wrongfully dismissed an employee who rejected a demotion following personal issues between the employee and the owner, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.

Faranak Shirbigi, 40, was hired as an assistant manager by JM Food Services, a franchisor of FreshSlice pizza shops in B.C., in 2009. She quickly moved up to the position of manager and, in January 2010, she was awarded a corporate position of district manager with responsibility for 16 FreshSlice stores throughout the B.C. lower mainland region.