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Fired worker awarded wages until age 65
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/16/2006

Fired worker awarded wages until age 65

Wheatley, Ont. — An Ontario employer has been ordered to pay a 58-year-old worker it fired without cause wages until he turns 65. Dave Dorogi was fired from his job as a general labourer with Presteve Foods Ltd. in Wheatley, Ont., on Dec. 27, 2005. He filed a grievance through his union, the Canadian Auto Workers. He had five years’ seniority, which made him the most senior hourly worker, and was also the union steward. At the arbitration hearing the company admitted it had no cause to fire him, but also said it would not allow him back on company property. Arbitrator Joseph Samuels awarded Dorogi $9,432 in lost wages and ordered the company to compensate Dorogi for lost wages and benefits under the collective agreement until his normal retirement date at age 65. However, if Dorogi found other work, the earnings would be deducted from what was owed to him by Presteve Foods.