Grocery store blow-up costs employer

Asking worker back not good enough for manager who accused employee of theft: Court
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2013

A grocery store in Edmonton has been ordered to pay a fired worker seven months’ wages in lieu of notice, plus an additional $4,500 in damages, for the way it treated the woman in the time leading up to her dismissal.

Darlene Horyn, 50, was an evening manager at Waysave Family Foods, a neighbourhood grocery store in Edmonton. Her duties included cashing out, closing the store and supervising up to three employees on the shift. She was friends with the Fedoretz family — who owned the store — and had previously worked for them before joining Waysave in 2003.

Horyn reported to the owners regularly, usually by phone. Gradually, the original owner, Michael Fedoretz, stepped back from the business and his son Howard took over, with Horyn reporting to Howard.