On What Grounds can an Employee be Terminated?

August 24th, 2011 by

An employer is entitled to terminate an employee for virtually any reason so long as the employer provides adequate notice, or pay in lieu of notice, of the termination and so long as the reason for the termination is not related to the employee’s race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, same-sex-partnership status, family status or disability. If the termination is related to one of those grounds listed, than there has been a contravention of the Ontario Human Rights Code with respect to which a claim may be made to either a Judge of the Court or an arbitrator at the Human Rights Tribunal. The Courts are empowered to make monetary awards to a wronged employee. The Tribunal is empowered to make orders both requiring monetary compensation as well as reinstatement of employment.

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