Ford hit with class-action lawsuit after backing out of 100s of job offers (Legal view)

Revocation of a job offer likely to be treated as repudiation of employment agreement leading to wrongful dismissal damages
By Thomas Stefanik
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2010

An Ontario Court has certified a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company that alleges the automaker reneged on job offers at its plant in Oakville, Ont.

The class action alleges Ford offered jobs to hundreds of individuals as assemblers during the week of July 14, 2008, with a start date of July 28. However, a week later, Ford announced it was postponing a third shift in Oakville because of a sudden decline in demand for vehicles. During the week of Aug. 8, 2008, Ford advised the individuals the shift would not be implemented at all.

Many of the individuals affected said they quit or gave notice to previous employers of their intention to join Ford. As a result, the individuals allege “anticipatory breach of contract, wrongful dismissal and/or a repudiation of the employment contract” stemming from Ford’s failure to employ them.