Unless your employer has fired you for just cause, such as serious misconduct, or unless you have signed an employment contract limiting your rights, every employee in Ontario is entitled to some compensation when dismissed as long as you have had at least three months on the job.
Every employee in Ontario has minimum rights under the Employment Standards Act, including the right to one weeks’ notice or one weeks’ pay in place of notice for each year of service when dismissed.
Most people are aware of this and the right to make a complaint to the government run Labour Board if you don’t get this minimum entitlement.
What a lot of people don’t know is that most employees who are dismissed have the right to additional compensation at common law over and above the minimum required by the Employment Standards Act. Please feel free to contact us to make sure you know your rights.