Cut down on lawsuits just by being nice

By Peter Israel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/21/2002

During terminations there are various areas of potential employer liability, but by treating employees with dignity, fairness and respect employers can reduce exposure to lawsuits.

Insensitive and inappropriate behaviour by employers during a termination can result in increased liability in a number of different ways.

Where an employer acts with callous or insensitive disregard for the feelings and welfare of an employee in the course of the actual termination, a court may award the employee an extension to the reasonable notice period to which every employee is entitled upon termination. Employer conduct that occurs prior to the actual termination and results in mental suffering to the employee may result in damages for intentional infliction of mental suffering.