Most cases that I report on deal with one or two topics of interest. Now and then a case comes along that deals with a number of aspects of a wrongful dismissal wherein the court summarizes and applies the law in a number of areas. A good example of this is the recent decision of.. read more →

Most people would be surprised to hear that an equity partner in Fasken, a national law firm, had filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) claiming the protection of the Human Rights Code against age discrimination when he was forced to retire and leave the partnership. Mr. McCormick had been an equity.. read more →

The B. C. Human Rights Code (“Code”) provides a unique remedy in section 37. The Tribunal may award an amount “to compensate that person for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect or to any of them.” This provision was introduced in 1992 to remove a cap of $2,000 that the statute prescribed: see Dupuis v.. read more →

Robert Allen had a written employment contract with Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. It provided that if he was terminated without cause: “…[Ainsworth] will provide you with 15 months’ notice or pay in lieu…” On October 15th 2009 Ainsworth purported to give Allen 15 months’ “notice” of termination, with the expectation that if he obtained alternate.. read more →

Michael Smyth, political reporter for The Province, had a recent article headlined “BC Hydro’s Six-Figure Club” (September 26, 2013).  The article noted that 2667 (or 45%) of Hydro’s employees made over $100,000 compensation, which includes various forms of benefits, perks, etc.  Some of the examples were shocking—a driver/helper making $151,975; a cable splicer making $198,829;.. read more →