Most HR professionals have been coerced

Unlawful terminations, health and safety violations among illegal and unethical acts
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2008

Eight years ago, Kathi Duncan was the HR manager for a family-run business when an employee with more than five years of service was terminated and not given severance.

When Duncan, now the manager of HR for legal and financial publisher Merrill Corporation Canada in Toronto, spoke up, she was told the company had given the employee a free laptop and that was enough. Fearing she would lose her job, Duncan didn’t push the issue.

“Today I wouldn’t do the same. Today I would definitely say ‘That’s illegal,’” she said. “I still feel badly about it.”