London, Ontario, also known as The Forest City, is a growing city just two hours from Toronto. London is home to approximately 400,000 residents and is home to Western University.
London also hosts employment opportunities in medical research, manufacturing, technology, the arts and so much more. London has 14 local museums and is home to several heritage sites throughout the city. London, Ontario presents a wide array of unique workplaces for any employee.
If you are a resident of London, Ontario or if you work in London, Ontario, and you were terminated from your employment, are experiencing harassment and bullying or wonder if you have a constructive dismissal case, contact Ertl Lawyers, London employment lawyers, for a free consultation.
If you need employment lawyers in London, Ertl Lawyers is here for you.
Who We Are: London Employment Lawyers
Ertl Lawyers is a leading firm with employment and long term disability lawyers practicing in Ontario, including London.
We’ve helped thousands of clients get the severance pay and disability benefits they deserve.
Our mission has always been about better, faster results.
Learn more about us by visiting our team page.
What We Do: Employment Law
At Ertl Lawyers, employment lawyers in Ontario and London, we work hard to achieve you the best results for a fair and flexible rate. We have experience in addressing a diverse range of employment law issues such as termination with cause, wrongful dismissals, severance package negotiations, or human rights concerns in the workplace. We also can assist employers looking for advice on how to properly administer progressive disciplinary measures, how to terminate an employee or drafting employment contracts. If you live in London and you need help with an employment law issue, contact Ertl Lawyers, employment lawyers in London, for a free phone consultation.
Ertl Lawyers has experience in a variety of cases including, but not limited to, the following areas:
Termination of Employment
Usually, we see a large number of clients coming to us because they have been terminated without cause and were offered a severance package. Clients are wondering if the package their former employer has offered them is adequate, given how long they worked for the company. At Ertl Lawyers, we analyze your severance package to determine if your former employer has provided you with the severance you deserve. Remember, if you are being terminated without cause it means that you did not do anything wrong to warrant the termination, rather your employer is restructuring or needing to make changes to its workforce and had to let you go.
Your severance package will likely consist of some, if not all, of these components:
- Pay in lieu of notice
- Severance pay (if applicable)
- An additional payment if you agree to sign a release
It is important that you speak with a lawyer first before agreeing to anything. Do not sign the release until you have consulted with an employment lawyer in London, such as Ertl Lawyers, for advice. There is a chance you might be entitled to more than what the company has offered you.
Check out our Severance Pay Calculator to see what your severance package entitlements could be.
Termination with Cause
Your employer can terminate you for cause if it believes that you have done something so wrong that it causes irreparable damage to the employment relationship. In this type of termination, your employer does not have to provide you with any type of a severance package.
An employer may allege cause in situations such as theft, fraud, gross incompetence, unauthorized absences, lying during an investigation or breach of company policies. There are a variety of other reasons an employer may allege cause but it is important to point out that just because your employer says it is cause doesn’t mean that it is cause in the eyes of the law.
If you have been terminated for cause, do not give up. Contact an employment lawyer to see if you can still get a severance package.
Contact the London employment lawyers at Ertl Lawyers for more information or visit our Terminated with Cause webpage to learn more about what it means to be terminated for cause in Toronto and Ontario.
If your employer had decided to change a core aspect of your job without giving you notice (or pay instead of notice), such as reducing your salary by 30%, you might have a case for constructive dismissal. Constructive dismissals occur when your employer makes these types of changes, without warning and without your consent.
Constructive dismissal can also occur if your workplace has become so toxic that you can no longer continue to work there. Essentially, this means that you are experiencing some form of harassment or bullying in the workplace, you have complained to your employer and requested assistance, and your employer ignores your complaints and allows the behaviours to continue. If this is happening in your workplace, before you resign, contact an experienced employment lawyer, like Ertl Lawyers, for a free consultation to learn how to best handle this type of situation.
If you want more information on constructive dismissal or you believe you have been constructively dismissed, contact the London lawyers, Ertl Lawyers, for a free phone consultation. You can also visit our webpage on Constructive Dismissal in Ontario for more information.
Ertl Lawyers: London Employment Lawyers
Our Employment Law webpage has more information about who we are, what we do and how we might be able to help you with your London, Ontario employment law issue. We also offer a free consultation over the phone if you would prefer to speak to someone directly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much severance pay am I entitled to?
The legislation sets out the minimum amount of termination pay, or pay in lieu of notice, that you are entitled to when you are let go from your employment. If you qualify, the legislation sets out an additional payment called severance, as well.
In order to get more than the minimum amount the legislation calls for you must have your employment contract reviewed by an employment lawyer. If your employment contract does not limit your termination entitlements to only the legislation than you may be entitled to common law reasonable notice. Common law reasonable notice is based on past court decisions relating to how much severance in Ontario a person should receive. The court considers more factors than just length of service, including age, the economy and type of work.
The law has very high standards for what it requires your employment contract to say about termination in order to actually limit you to a specific severance package. That’s why it is important to have an employment lawyer review it to be sure you aren’t leaving money on the table.
Contact the London employment lawyers, Ertl Lawyers, to find out what your entitlements are, or how much you could potentially receive. You can also visit our Severance Pay Calculator for an estimate.
What is wrongful termination or wrongful dismissal?
Wrongful termination and wrongful dismissal mean the same thing. If you’ve been wrongfully terminated, it means that your employer has let you go and has not provided you with a proper severance package. The termination is referred to as “wrongful” because your employer offered and/or paid you the wrong amount of money when you were fired. It does not have anything to do with why you were fired.
The circumstances surrounding your dismissal only play a factor if you have been terminated for cause.
If you work in London and think your employer has not provided you with a proper severance package, contact Ertl Lawyers, wrongful dismissal lawyers, for a free consultation.
Am I entitled to severance pay if I quit my employment?
In most cases, you are not entitled to severance pay when you quit your job. There are always exceptions to the rule, however, and you should consult with an employment lawyer to find out if your situation falls into one of those exceptions.
An example of an exception would be if you quit because you were experiencing ongoing harassment from a co-worker. You reported the harassment on multiple occasions to your employer and they failed to address it and it continued. You felt like it was impossible for you to return to work. You might be entitled to severance pay in this situation.
If you choose to quit your job because you don’t want to work there anymore, or you just don’t like it, you are not entitled to severance pay.
Does the reason for my termination matter?
If you are terminated for cause, then yes, the reasons for your employment termination matter. Your employer must provide you with an explanation in this situation. In cases where you are terminated for cause, your employer must meet a high threshold to establish that cause actually existed and that terminating your employment with cause was an appropriate response.
If you are terminated without cause, you are not owed any explanation as to why. Your employer has to provide you with a severance package and nothing further. Since the reasons why your employer has chosen to let you go do not play a role in your severance pay, the reasons are not required to be provided to you.
If you were terminated because of your religion, gender, age, family status, etc., then it matters because it could potentially be a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
How can the employment lawyers at Ertl Lawyers help me?
Our goal is to get you the severance you deserve. Ertl Lawyers, London employment lawyers, can help in a variety of ways including, reviewing your severance package, negotiating your severance package, or fighting a termination with cause. If you have a human rights complaint or a harassment and bullying issue, we can help with that too.
Contact us today to find out more about how Ertl Lawyers can help you.
At Ertl Lawyers we have the answers to your important employment law questions. We offer free guides that you can download yourself on topics such as, Understanding My Severance Package, Help! I Have Been Fired With Cause, Constructive Dismissal and Workplace Discrimination and Harassment.
Ertl Lawyers also has a YouTube Channel. David Ertl, London Employment Lawyer, and owner/found of Ertl Lawyers, provides explanations on topics such as how age affects your severance package, what happens to your commissions when you are terminated, how severance pay effects employment insurance benefits and other areas of interest.
You can also contact us for a free consultation over the phone. We will arrange for you to speak with an experienced employment lawyer who can give you a free consultation regarding your matter. We will take the time to review your case and provide an assessment on your options, free of charge.
Example Cases Won by Ertl Lawyers: London Employment Lawyers
At Ertl Lawyers, we have helped clients just like you. In Patterson v. IBM Canada Limited, 2017 ONSC 1264 (CanLII), David Ertl was able to obtain an award of 18 months of severance pay and benefits for Mr. Patterson after he was terminated from IBM.
In Jackson v. M.N.R., 2006 TCC 614 (CanLII), David Ertl London employment lawyer, argued two appeals at the Tax Court of Canada. He defeated the government’s lawyers and was able to prove that an accountant that worked for her spouse was employed in insurable employment.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of cases settle, and this is because of David’s reputation for “going the distance” if necessary.
Interested in learning more about Ertl Lawyers, London employment lawyers, cases? Visit David Ertl’s biography webpage to find more.
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