The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently awarded an employee $50,000 in punitive damages in a wrongful dismissal claim because it was "rationally required" to punish the employer for its behaviour toward the employee and to meet "the objectives of retribution, deterrence, and denunciation".
dismissal for just cause
The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: 2017 CPP contribution rates; the topic of an employee's failure to mitigate their wrongful dismissal damages; and a case regarding an employee's termination for just cause after claims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court is a reminder to employers that dismissal for just cause must be based on solid ground. Relying on vague acts of misconduct will not suffice, and policies must be properly implemented and consistently enforced.