Foreign worker class action ‘sounds the alarm’ (Legal View)

Denny’s employees allege systematic, repeated breaches of employment contracts
By Sergio Karas
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/22/2012

An important case that could reshape the recruitment and employment of temporary foreign workers is winding its way through the courts.

In a recent decision, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a foreign worker’s claim for damages as a class action — the first case of its kind in Canada. The claim arose out of the worker’s employment relationship with Denny’s Restaurants.

This should give employers pause to evaluate their dealings with foreign workers and the international agencies they engage for recruiting them.