In Canada, if you work in a non-unionized work environment, your employer is allowed to terminate you from your job without reason or cause, but only if an advanced warning or payment known as severance
is provided. A wrongful dismissal occurs when you are terminated and not given proper notice or if you are terminated and not given an appropriate severance package. The amount of severance you are legally entitled to is based on numerous factors including your age, tenure, your position, and the availability of other employment. An experienced employment lawyer will be able to quickly identify whether the severance offer you received was sufficient or whether and how it should be improved. In some cases, your employer may claim that they have just cause
to terminate you for some form of misconduct, so that they do not have to offer you any form of severance. However, only the most serious form of misconduct will meet this test. An experienced employment lawyer will be able to quickly determine whether you should receive severance despite your employer’s claims of misconduct.
If you were presented with an offer of severance, chances are that there are some deficiencies. This could be that the company did not offer you as much severance
as you are entitled to or that the terms of the severance offer does not take into account your total and overall compensation. For multiple reasons, it is important to secure legal advice quickly so that you can understand your options and how to improve what you were offered. If your employer has fired you for alleged misconduct, this is something that they will need to prove you were responsible for, and that your misconduct was so grave that you are disqualified from a severance package. You have the right to sue your employer for wrongful dismissal claiming that the decision to withhold any severance from you was improper.