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Dismissed Employee Entitled to $50,000 in Punitive Damages

When someone loses their job, it is not hard to imagine they experience a range of emotions, including pain and distress. However, the courts in Ontario have been clear that these feelings are a natural result of being terminated and the dismissed employee will not be compensated financially in addition to any notice period they may be entitled to.  However, the Supreme Court of Canada made in clear in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, that employers have a duty of honesty in contractual performance. Simply put, this means employers have a duty to be honest and not knowingly mislead an employee during their employment, up to and including termination. If an employer fails to do this and instead engages in bad faith conduct that is harsh, vindictive, reprehensible or malicious in nature, then punitive damages can be awarded.

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