If you have been suddenly dismissed by an employer, it can come as a shock. What can be even more shocking is realizing that you could have received more time or notice for the termination, especially when you are working in a position within middle to senior level management.
It can be even more shocking to a person to realize how much compensation may have been left on the table if they don’t understand how the termination process works. There are legislative guidelines for how much notice, or payment in lieu of notice, an employer is supposed to give an employee.
Sometimes, the legislative guidelines may not cover your position, contribution or length of service for a company. And if there is a case to be made where you were entitled to more compensation or notice, then it could be a case of wrongful dismissal.
If you have a valid case of wrongful dismissal, you can pursue higher amounts of compensation than what the company owed you. But, there could be other sources of compensation that are available as well.
If the court rules in your favour for wrongful dismissal, it’s possible you may be able to receive more than just compensation. It’s possible a judge could also give out punitive damages as well.
In an article posted by the Canadian HR Reporter, the impact of an employer’s actions was analyzed in situations where a court may find the employer wrongfully dismissed an employee. In cases where an employer decided to counter-sue the employee - and even claim just cause afterwards - when the employee’s claims were found to be valid, a judge could inflict additional punishable measures, such as punitive damages.
If you believe you have been wrongfully dismissed by your employer, it’s best to consult with an experienced employment lawyer. He or she will be able to assist you with pursuing financial compensation to cover your losses and protect your legal rights.