Ottawa Employment Lawyers assisting Employees Terminated Without Cause
Termination of employment is often a very stressful experience for employees, particularly if the reason for the termination or the termination itself is unlawful. Several issues need to be addressed in a short period of time, on top of the immediate pressure to find new employment. It is critical to assess the terms of a termination as soon as possible with a skilled lawyer before any paperwork is signed to ensure rights and entitlements are protected. Many employees are pressured to sign termination agreements quickly and are not aware that they may be entitled to significantly more under the law than what is on offer.
The employment lawyers at Champ & Associates are dedicated to advocating for the rights of employees across various industries and sectors, with extensive backgrounds working with clients in a range of roles from entry-level to executive, public service employees, and employees of Crown Corporations.
They provide clients with a clear understanding of their rights and the remedies to which they are entitled. They advocate for clients in mediations, at arbitrations, before tribunals, and at all levels of court. The firm has earned a reputation as one of the most experienced and skilled firms in the country, known for its many successful and precedent-setting cases and its breadth and depth of knowledge in an extensive array of niche employment issues. The lawyers at the firm excel in efficient case management, finding the most expedient path to dispute resolution in order to limit the financial and emotional impact on their clients.
Types of Termination Without Cause
Termination without cause can come in many forms, some of which can be subtle and insidious. Employees may be terminated en masse as part of a company restructuring or employer bankruptcy, or individually, for any number of reasons. In some cases, employers make unilateral changes to an employee’s role or aspect of their work, significant enough to be considered tantamount to a termination. Two of the most common forms of termination without cause are wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal.
Wrongful dismissal occurs when an employee is let go without proper notice or compensation. Private-sector employers in Ontario who fall under provincial jurisdiction are permitted to terminate employees without cause; however, they must adhere to the standards set in the common law and in the appropriate employment legislation when doing so. If an employee is terminated and the employer fails to fulfill their duties with respect to adequate notice or other standards, the employee has been wrongfully dismissed.
Constructive dismissal can be subtle, and some employees may not even realize they have been terminated. Constructive dismissal occurs when an employer changes one or more aspects of an employee’s employment so significantly that it deviates from the original intent of the employment contract. In doing so, the employer has effectively terminated the employee’s employment. In some cases, employees may not realize they have a valid termination claim because they are still on the payroll and performing work for the employer. Constructive dismissal claims can be highly sensitive and require skilled counsel with a deft strategic approach.
Unparalleled Representation for Employees Terminated Without Cause
Exclusively Dedicated to Employment Matters and the Protection of Individual Rights
Champ & Associates is dedicated to the practice of employment law and related matters, including human rights issues, discrimination and the protection of other individual rights. The employment lawyers at Champ & Associates provide skilled advocacy and steadfast representation for clients facing termination without cause. They pride themselves on their strategic approach and ability to find appropriate solutions to unique challenges.
The firm represents employees across Canada in the following areas related to termination without cause:
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Constructive Dismissal
- Termination & Severance Packages
- Employer Bankruptcies
- Crown Corporation Terminations
- Terminations of Federally Regulated Employees
- Sex & Gender Discrimination
Ottawa Employment Lawyers for Ottawa-Specific Employment Matters
Ottawa presents a number of specialized employment circumstances requiring a deep understanding of various niche employment legislation. There is a high concentration of Crown Corporation employees in Ottawa, as well as a variety of political appointments, public service employees, RCMP, and members of the Canadian Forces.
The employment lawyers at Champ & Associates have extensive experience advocating on behalf of employees in a wide range of industries and government roles and are particularly well-versed in the more complex resolution paths associated with public sector employment, including policing at the provincial and federal levels. Many of these employment matters require the navigation of a byzantine resolution process which may be internal and external, as well as the need for skilled negotiation in addition to, or as an alternative to, litigation. There is often more than one avenue to take when challenging a termination and the firm excels at finding the best and most efficient path for each case.
Contact Champ & Associates for Skilled Representation in Termination of Employment Matters
Termination from work is often a devastating event leaving individuals at their most vulnerable, emotionally and financially. The employment lawyers at Champ & Associates have vast experience working to resolve matters in a strategic and cost-effective manner. And where consensual resolution is not possible, Champ & Associates are known as fierce litigators in securing justice for their clients. To discuss your matter in confidence, please contact the firm by telephone at 613-237-4740 or reach out online.