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If you have been been employed for a number of years, and then suddenly wrongfully dismissed, terminated or fired, you are entitled to severance pay which may be significantly higher than what your former employer offers you. Contact our experienced employment lawyers in Vancouver for legal help now.
If the dismissal was particularly cruel, harsh or unfair, you may be entitled to punitive or aggravated damages, in addition to your severance pay.
If your termination is in violation of your human rights, such as discrimination based on race, gender, religion, political opinion or medical disability, you may be entitled to further damages ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal.
Many employers are now demanding mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations as a condition of continued employment. This is a new area of employment law in British Columbia. However, there have already been decisions in United States and Europe finding forced vaccinations as a condition of employment to be illegal and discriminatory.
Forcing employees to undergo mandatory RNA or DNA tests may be in violation of the Canadian Federal Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, which states that:
“3 (1) It is prohibited for any person to require an individual to undergo a genetic test as a condition of
(a) providing goods or services to that individual;
(b) entering into or continuing a contract or agreement with that individual; or
(c) offering or continuing specific terms or conditions in a contract or agreement with that individual.
Refusal to undergo genetic test
(2) It is prohibited for any person to refuse to engage in an activity described in any of paragraphs (1)(a) to (c) in respect of an individual on the grounds that the individual has refused to undergo a genetic test.
Marginal note: Disclosure of results
4 (1) It is prohibited for any person to require an individual to disclose the results of a genetic test as a condition of engaging in an activity described in any of paragraphs 3(1)(a) to (c).
Refusal to disclose results
(2) It is prohibited for any person to refuse to engage in an activity described in any of paragraphs 3(1)(a) to (c) in respect of an individual on the grounds that the individual has refused to disclose the results of a genetic test.
Offences and Punishment
7 Every person who contravenes any of sections 3 to 5 is guilty of an offence and is liable
(a) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding $1,000,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both; or
(b) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $300,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both.”
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