Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Punitive damages have been fairly rare for employment disputes in Canada. But that may change, after a recent Ontario Superior Court decision that caused "an audible gasp" among employment lawyers in the province. The court in Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.,  O.J. No. 1145, "outraged" by the employer’s termination of an employee with "chronic fatigue syndrome," hit the employer with 24 months of salary and $500,000 in punitives. Genny Na of Toronto’s Borden Ladner Gervais LLP outlines the case and its implications.