IBM’s constructive dismissal of executive suffering from cancer expensive mistake (Guest Commentary)Quebec court orders company to pay $300,000 in punitive damages to workerBy Stuart Rudner05/21/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/23/2012 A recent decision of the Quebec Superior Court provides a good example of circumstances that constitute a constructive dismissal and also warrant substantial punitive and moral damages. In Chalifour v. IBM Canada Limited, Denis Chalifour was a fairly senior executive who was recruited by IBM. In 2006, Leslie Keating became Chalifour’s superior and the two had a discussion in which she assured Chalifour she wanted him on her team for a long time.Later that year, Chalifour was unable to attend a meeting as he had to attend a client meeting in Alberta. While he briefed others about this, it was considered unacceptable by Keating. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.