There are certain ways to properly terminate an employee. Fill out the proper paperwork terminating employment. Make every effort to salvage the relationship with that person. Make sure you’re in the right to do it. But in Canada, we have a story of an employer who did everything possible wrong.
When you call to tell your employer the happy news…
The unnamed employee in this situation began her career at the unnamed trucking firm on August 1, 2020. Everything was perfectly okay. That is until news that is usually joyful turned her world upside down. On October 9 of the same year, she called her employer and explained that she was pregnant and was visiting an OB/GYN doctor to find out how long she could remain working. That didn’t sit well with the employer.
The driver said that from that moment on, the employer’s attitude towards her changed. After a few days, colleagues, including a foreman, told her that the employer openly called her a “good-for-nothing” and that he had also “warned his colleague not to do as she did and not to get pregnant with the first person who came along,” the tribunal reported. It all went downhill from there.
The employee then confronted her employer, who denied these facts. She did not let him finish and ended the phone conversation abruptly, the court reports. The employer “dismissed her the same evening by text message, and said he made the decision the day before she told him she was pregnant” the administrative judge reported. You can only shake your head at what this employer unleashed upon himself.
Off to court we go…
I’m not too familiar with Canadian law, but I don’t believe you can fire anyone, especially a pregnant woman, just cause you want to. That brings us to the Administrative Labour Tribunal of the Montreal Superior Court. That court handles disputes like the one we only heard half of, because the employer failed to appear. He’s lucky the judge didn’t issue a bench warrant for this mess.
So with no opposing response from the employer, the tribunal sided with the driver. They ordered her job to be returned to her. They also ordered back pay to be granted from the day she was unfairly terminated. I wonder if her employer is still in a leadership position himself? Violating labor laws might be an actual reason for termination.