$20 million award upheld by appeal court (Legal view)

4 workers should have provided employer with 10 months’ notice of resignation
By Ron Minken
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2012

Ontario’s highest court has upheld nearly $20 million in damages against four key workers who quit with only two weeks’ notice.

The employees worked for GasTOPS, an Ottawa-based supplier of control and condition assessment systems for industrial machinery. When two of them provided two weeks’ notice, the company told them to leave the workplace immediately.

Following their resignations, the employees set up a competing business and, shortly thereafter, solicited 12 of their former co-workers, who subsequently resigned from their positions at GasTOPS to join the competing company.