Helping employees who have been dismissed from work

If you are an employee who has been dismissed or fired from your job, Nelligan O'Brien Payne's experienced employment lawyers are here to help. We can provide advice and guidance on the different types of dismissal, including wrongful, unjust and constructive dismissals, to ensure that you are aware of the rights and remedies that may be available in relation to your termination. Our lawyers can also negotiate the terms of your dismissal with your employer, and represent you in the event that litigation is required.

Wrongful Dismissal

Wrongful dismissal occurs when employees are dismissed in a way that is contrary to their contract or a Canadian employment law, such as the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) or the Canada Labour Code (CLC). Canadian employment law requires a fairly high standard to dismiss an employee for just cause, without any notice. Employees may sue their employers for the failure to provide any or sufficient notice or pay in lieu of notice.

Unjust Dismissal

Certain employees who are employed by federally regulated employers such as banks, airlines, shipping and telecommunications companies may be entitled to file an unjust dismissal complaint with the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Labour Program under the CLC. There is a 90-day limitation period to file an unjust dismissal complaint.

Constructive Dismissal

A constructive dismissal occurs when an employee has not been dismissed, but a fundamental term of their employment has been changed significantly by their employer. The change may relate to, among other things, compensation, title, the employee's position, or the employee's duties. Abusive behavior by an employer may also give rise to a constructive dismissal. Remedies for constructive dismissal are similar to those found in a wrongful dismissal suit.

How can our employment lawyers help you?

Thank you for your interest in our employment law services. If you require more information or assistance with a dismissal, our skilled employment lawyers can help. Please send us an email or call us at 613-238-8080, or toll-free at 888-565-9912. Our friendly staff will help you find the right employment lawyer to handle your matter.