With alcohol flowing freely at office and private Christmas parties this time of year, some of us will exhibit improper behaviour. If you have never wondered how misconduct outside work impacts your job status, then the reach of social media and public shaming should give you pause. Can your employer fire you for inappropriate behaviour outside of work?
Everyone is imbued with the holiday spirit this time of year. Everyone it seems, except our large corporate employers. In our experience during the festive season, precisely 6 weeks before the end of the year, more pink slips are handed out than any other period in the calendar year. They fly out like confetti at a Santa Clause parade. So once again we note, t’is the season to be fired.
Small claims court has increased the claim limit to $35,000, affording individuals with straightforward cases to sue their employer. Legal representation is not a requirement and individuals can self-represent or even consider the services of a law student or paralegal.
Almost always, whistleblowers act out of altruistic intentions to bring a wrongdoing to the attention of their supervisors. But some employers may not like them sticking their nose where it does not belong. So, what should you do when you see something seriously awry at your workplace?
Never sign your termination letter or release until an employment lawyer has vetted these legally binding documents. But what if you signed them already? Under rare circumstances, the executed documents can be nullified. Here’s how we successfully invalidated a signed release on behalf of our client.