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Author Archive - Sara Forte

Sara Forte is an employment lawyer, and principal of Forte Law Corporation, based in Surrey, British Columbia. Sara advises employer and employee clients in all aspects of employment law and workplace human rights, and has focused her practice in this area since her call to the bar in 2004. Prior to attending law school, Sara worked as a human resources professional and currently holds a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation from BC HRMA. Workplace conflict is stressful, costly and distracting for everyone in the workplace. Sara works with her clients to identify employment law solutions to reduce or eliminate workplace conflict. Sara presents and writes frequently on employment law and workplace human rights issues. Read more.

Fast food firing leads to aggravated damages

A recent BC Supreme Court decision finding a fast food employee was wrongfully dismissed and entitled to aggravated damages has been making newspaper headlines across the country. Ms. Ram had worked as a cook in various Burger King locations for 24 years, and was terminated for just cause after taking home a fish sandwich, fries and a drink at the end of her shift without paying for them. Ms. Ram’s claim was heard over a seven day trial, resulting in a lengthy decision.


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Employment contract oversight proves costly

As an employment lawyer, my consistent advice to employers is, whether you have one employee or one hundred employees, every employer needs to have written employment contracts. There are a number of ways that employment contracts can avoid or reduce liability, but the single most valuable term to include is a termination clause. In a written employment contract, employers have the opportunity to limit what can otherwise be a significant liability to their employees for termination pay, also referred to as severance or reasonable notice of termination.


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