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Severance liability, bad faith damages result of employer’s ambiguous standards

Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 9:10 AM | By Richard Johnson

On May 1, 2017, the B.C. Supreme Court awarded our client, a spa worker, $15,000 in aggravated/bad faith damages for the manner in which she was treated by her employer.

Cottrill v. Utopia Day Spas and Salons Ltd. 2017 BCSC 704, involved Skincare Therapist and single mother, Jennifer Cottrill, who was fired for alleged just cause after 11 years’ employment with the defendant.

In early 2015, when one of Spa Utopia’s managers left the company, the senior management team looked to internal candidates to fill the vacancy....