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 worker
By Stuart Rudner
|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.