A British Columbia man has been awarded six months pay in lieu of notice after being dismissed from a sales job at a company that hired him away from his job and then let him go after just six months of employment.
On Aug. 29, the Supreme Court of B.C. handed down its decision in the case of Greenlees v. Starline Windows LTD., awarding James Greenlees six months pay of $28,000 plus legal costs of $8,000. Greenlees was 43 years old and employed as a sales associate for Starline Windows for a period of six months.
Prior to working with Starline, Greenlees was employed by Trevor Jarvis Contracting as a sales associate in the construction industry for 18 months and made about $100,000 a year. Starline’s then-sales manager contacted Greenlees about a job opportunity. Through the course of two meetings, the company made a number of representations about projected income, the “pivotal” nature of his role and opportunities for growth within the company.