Retiring doesn’t get employer out of paying long-term employee reasonable notice

Employee with 26 years of service given less than four months' notice of office closing; employee awarded $50,000 in additional notice
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/22/2015

An Ontario attorney must pay a long-term employee more than $50,000 in wrongful dismissal and aggravated damages after he decided to retire with three-and-a-half months notice rather than terminate her employment without cause.

Tina Armstrong was a legal secretary for Harold Lendon, an attorney in Owen Sound, Ont., since 1986. Her employment went smoothly until 2008, when there were some issues with her job performance. Armstrong began suffering stress and took two months off on doctor’s orders. Her doctor also supplied a note validating the leave.