No legal breaks for employers

Court decision around just cause doesn't seem fair
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/21/2011

The Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in sports. In the employment world, proving just cause for termination in a Canadian court is the equivalent to hoisting the chalice — it’s not an easy thing to do.

But just when you’re ready to shout, “I’m going to Disney World” after winning a marathon case against a delinquent employee, along comes a judge to stuff the champagne cork back in the bottle.

Because, as the case covered in article #10579 shows, even when an employer proves just cause for termination, it may still have to dig deep into its pockets. In that case, FAG Aerospace fired a worker in Ontario who was producing inferior parts, sleeping on the job and showing up late for work.