Recently, 73 year-old Jacqueline Laurent Auger was dismissed from her place of employment at a Montreal prestigious private school, based on 40 year-old soft porn discovered by her students. This case is appealing in that it involves a former career in risqué films, but also in the context of the impermanent nature of short-term contracts. Toronto employment lawyer, David Whitten adds that this is a perfect example of how “past lives” can impact our employment in the digital age.
Mr. Whitten further explains that short term contracts impose no obligations on employers at the conclusion of the contract. Indeed, severance is not payable if a short term contract expires and is not renewed. Had Ms. Auger been an employee of indefinite duration, it is unclear whether or not her past “risqué film career” would have provided legal cause to terminate her without a severance. However, her statement that the headmaster had “said something stupid” may very well have justified summary dismissal.
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