Worker’s firing after demand for OT, vacation pay not a reprisal in Nova Scotia

Worker didn't make actual complaint, just threatened to make one before being dismissed
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/02/2015

A Nova Scotia worker’s dismissal after making labour standards inquiries was not a reprisal under the province’s Labour Standards Code because the worker had not actually made a complaint under the code, the Nova Scotia Labour Board has ruled.

Christine Webb was hired as a cook and clerk in the convenience store at Spry Bay Campground and Cabins in Spry Bay, N.S., on June 10, 2012. There was no written contract of employment and the campground paid her minimum wage. Webb was responsible for serving customers in the store and preparing food for take-out orders during business hours, and clean-up duties such as washing dishes, sweeping, counting cash, balancing receipts and locking up at the end of the night. When she was hired, she was told she wouldn’t be paid for work done after the store closed, so she should complete the tasks before closing time. She was also told the cost of any breakages would be deducted from her pay.