Cambridge, Ont.-based Canac Kitchens has been ordered to pay $50,000 to a laid-off worker. Sivathason Mahesuram, 59, worked as a supervisory accounting analyst for Canac for 19 years. In announcing it was closing its Canadian manufacturing operations in May 2008, Canac informed Mahesuram he would be terminated as of August. His severance package included more than $29,000 (24 weeks’ wages) and a continuation of benefits for 12 weeks. Mahesuram rejected the offer. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded him 18 months’ notice, plus the value of his benefits for that period, citing his age, supervisory duties, length of employment and the fact he would have trouble finding a similar job. The award was reduced to $50,000, the maximum allowed in the simplified rules of procedure for a summary judgment.
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