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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Cases: Punitive damages in employment

Ontario_flag_1 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., [2005] 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.

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