Wrongful Dismissal

There is the possibility of a wrongful dismissal or wrongful termination where a person’s employment has been terminated without reasonable notice of termination. Where wrongful dismissal is present, the individual  may be entitled to compensation.

An employer does hold the right to terminate an employee provided that there is reasonable notice to the employee of the employer’s intention. Thus, unless “just cause” for dismissal is established, there are implied terms in contracts of employment that protect the employee against wrongful dismissal by requiring proper notice, payment, or a combination thereof, by the employer.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach wrongful dismissal 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 wrongful dismissal dispute.

Has there been a wrongful dismissal?

Wrongful dismissal is a term that is often misunderstood, in the sense that it does not always merely arise when a person’s employment has been terminated. Wrongful dismissal usually occurs through the following situations:

  1. Where an employer terminated the employment and improperly alleges cause, while failing to provide the employee with reasonable notice of termination
  2. Where an employer has terminated the employment without cause and has refused or failed to provide the employee with reasonable notice of termination; or

Essentially, wrongful dismissal occurs where a person has been terminated without notice for any reason, other than “just cause.”

Wrongful dismissal

The Employee's Entitlements

Where a Court finds wrongful termination at common law, the employer could well be liable to the former employee for  certain economic consequences incurred during the period the court determines is reasonable notice of termination. An employee that has been wrongfully terminated is entitled to pay in lieu of reasonable notice which would consist of all entitlements the employee would have been eligible for but for his or her termination, such as bonuses, pay increases, etc. More often, however, employees are entitled to what is colloquially referred to as a “severance package.”

Employees are also entitled to their legal rights established under statutory regimes, including Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, which speaks to requirements for notice periods and severance pay entitlements, among other things.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Each individual’s case is specific to his or her circumstances. Where you have experienced a wrongful termination, or to determine whether you may be entitled to receive compensation, contact one of our experienced lawyers today to discuss your options.

Request a consultation or call us at 905-417-2227 to learn more!

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.