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Slaw: Superior court of justice certifies a class action for wrongful dismissal against IQT

On January 2, 2014 Justice Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class proceeding by 527 wrongfully terminated employees led by Bob Brigaitis and Cindy Rupert (represented by Ted Charney of Charney Practice Group) against their now bankrupt employer, IQT Solutions and the officers, directors, shareholders John Fellows, Alex Mortman, David Mortman, Renae Marshall and affiliated companies IQT Canada, Ltd., JDA Partners LLC, and IQT Inc. The employees seek to recover $20 million in unpaid wages and severance plus aggravated and punitive damages of $10 million.

This is the third follow up to previous Slaw posts regarding IQT’s closure. Back in July 2011, IQT Solutions shut down its Canadian operations: three call centres—one in Ontario and two in Quebec—without prior warning to employees. About 1,200 IQT employees were suddenly unemployed with no final paycheque, vacation pay, termination pay or pay in lieu of notice, severance pay or benefit continuance. On December 20, 2011, on an application by Revenu Québec and by order of the Superior Court of Quebec, IQT Ltd. was assigned into bankruptcy.

For more, read my latest post on Slaw here.

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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