Substantial Punitive Damages Awarded for Employer Conduct

A recent decision from British Columbia has awarded a substantial sum of punitive damages. Such an award is intended to punish for outrageous and intentional wrongdoing. It is usually quite difficult to obtain. On this occasion, the trial judge set the damage award at $110,000. Aggravated damages are also additional damage sums which are awarded […]

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Court of Appeal Upholds Punitive and Moral Damage Awards

We reviewed in a recent post a case in which the trial judge awarded $200,000 in punitive damages and $100,000 in aggravated or moral damages for emotional distress. In a decision released this month[1], the Court of Appeal upheld a similar trial award of $100,000 and $25,000 in moral damages. The trial award of legal […]

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Recent Case awards $300,000 in Incremental Damages

A recent Ontario case has awarded the plaintiff employee the sum of $200,000 in punitive damages and a further sum of $100,000 in aggravated damages or damages for emotional distress.[1] He was also awarded an agreed severance payment of roughly $71,000 representing 6 months salary. The latter sum was not in contention. The Facts The […]

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