Employee’s complaint wasn’t layoff request (Legal View)

More likely employer wanted to avoid workers’ comp costs: Arbitrator
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

An Ontario company wrongfully dismissed an employee who didn’t understand English very well when he signed a form stating he was resigning, an arbitrator has ruled.

Shahab Makholi, 42, was a welder for Daybar Industries, a manufacturer of fire doors and fire door frames in Mississauga, Ont. An immigrant from Iran, Makholi’s English was limited — he couldn’t read or write in English, but he could speak it to a certain extent.