Why Senate staffer asked to be fired

Termination severance more lucrative than retirement
By Angela Scappatura
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/02/2009

A long-time Senate employee who asked to be fired from her job two years ago has been battling with government officials to uphold the termination.

Donna Routliffe had been a staff member in the Senate for more than 30 years before becoming eligible for her full pension in 2006. She started her career as a secretary to the late senator Louis J. Robichaud and, 10 years later, began working for Senator Colin Kenny.

While she wanted to receive her pension, Routliffe discovered the amount of severance pay she would receive depended on how she left her job. Termination emerged as the more lucrative option.