A demotion occurs where an employee’s job rank, title, or status is lowered. A demotion can either be voluntary or involuntary and may result in a breach of the employee’s contract. Some courts have held that an employer may demote an employee when there is cause to terminate the employee; however, things are often more complicated and it is questionable just when it is appropriate for the employer to demote someone because of the above considerations.

Demotion & Constructive Dismissal

Where an employer cannot prove that there was “just cause” for the demotion, the courts may see this as a constructive dismissal. 

Constructive dismissal occurs where an employer, without notice, changes the terms and conditions of employment so that they no longer can be said to be those that the employee agreed to. 

To determine if the demotion amounts to constructive dismissal, there will be an examination of the reasons for the change.,  

Where an employee is offered a transfer to an alternative, but lesser position, this may still constitute a constructive dismissal. Even where the change in responsibilities occurs over a gradual period, it may constitute a constructive dismissal if there is a substantial change in the duties. 

When the demotion puts the employee in a position where he or she is unable to perform the position, this may amount to constructive dismissal. Also, a significant reduction in an employee’s salary, as a result of the demotion, can constitute a constructive dismissal.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

If you have experienced a demotion and have questions or concerns related to that demotion and possible constructive dismissal, contact one of the experienced lawyers today to discuss your options.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach these issues with logical and creative solutions. Our lawyers are professional, friendly, and determined. We have the know-how to navigate through the psychology of any given dispute. Request a consultation or call us today! 

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.