Ontario case shows termination during probation could be risky business

Most employers consider it ‘safe’ termination – but that may not be the case
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

Many employers generally assume that terminating an employee who’s still in his probationary period is a clear-cut process — so no reasonable notice is necessary.

But that may not be true, if a recent Ontario case is any indication. 

In Nagribianko v. Select Wine Merchants, Alexander Nagribianko was a probationary employee of Select Wine Merchants who was terminated in 2013 during his six-month probationary period after the employer said he was “unsuitable for regular employment.”