Economic Recession Layoff
After every boom comes a bust
Economic recessions are an inevitable part of life. As businesses try to keep their heads above water during challenging times, payroll is often the first target for cost-cutting measures. Learn what you need to know about your rights during an economic recession layoff.
Your severance package can vary depending on the circumstances of your dismissal, including if you are terminated during a recession.
Terminated without cause, but for a discriminatory reason
If you have been terminated without cause during a recession, it is important to consider whether there are any discriminatory reasons behind your dismissal. The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibit the dismissal of an employee based on factors like age, gender, race, religion, disability, family status or orientation. Even if it is just one factor in a larger decision to dismiss you during a recession, it is still enough to taint your termination and entitle you to moral damages. A recession cannot be a smokescreen for an otherwise illegal termination. “Cost-cutting” during an economic recession is not an excuse to get rid of the older employees or disproportionately fire female employees.
Terminated without cause, without a discriminatory reason
You should seek advice when faced with any of the above scenarios. You should make sure that your employer is not shortchanging you with a subpar severance package, or worse, wrongfully dismissing you.
Our lawyers will help you to get clarity and control of your employment matter by explaining the options you should consider, ensuring that your legal rights are protected.
If you find yourself facing a layoff, you can count on the employment lawyers at Whitten & Lublin to be in your corner.
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