Opportunity knocks but worker doesn’t answer (Legal view)

Sobeys manager felt 2 jobs offered after restructuring amounted to demotion
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012

A grocery store chain that eliminated a long-time employee’s position and offered her a different position at another location did not constructively dismiss her, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled.

Debbie Gillis, 47, joined Sobeys as a cashier when she was a teenager and worked her way up at the company over 28 years, eventually holding management positions and becoming a food experience manager as part of the marketing department at the Sobeys head office in Stellarton, N.S.

Gillis didn’t have any disciplinary issues during her tenure and she received several positive performance appraisals.