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Investigations and Terminations That Cost – Part II

Posted in Investigations, Litigation, Termination, Wrongful Dismissal

Last week we looked at the flawed investigation leading to the termination of a long service employee.

This week, we look at the problems with the termination process.

Stephanie Vernon spent her entire working life – 30 years from the age of 19 – working for the Liquor Distribution Branch. A particularly sensitive employee made a complaint about Vernon. The employer decided to terminate after an investigation.

The employer told Vernon that her conduct was shameful and an embarrassment to the Branch. They gave her a short period of time to consider offering her resignation instead of being fired. … Continue Reading

Investigations and Terminations That Cost – Part I

Posted in Investigations, Litigation, Termination, Wrongful Dismissal

A B.C. employer has recently been hit with a significant damage award related to the termination of a long service employee. The court found two major problems: a flawed investigation and an insensitive termination.

This week, we look at the investigation.

Stephanie Vernon spent her entire working life – 30 years from the age of 19 – working for the Liquor Distribution Branch.  She became a manager, known for her aggressive style and demanding ways, but her performance reviews were exemplary.  There had never been a complaint against her, she had never received any warning about her management style, and … Continue Reading