If you have been terminated from your employment without just cause in British Columbia then you are entitled to receive reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu of that reasonable notice.
The length of notice or pay you are entitled to will depend on the specific facts of your case. The length of your employment, your age at the time of termination, and the availability of alternate suitable employment have all been held by the courts as significant factors to consider when awarding damages for failing to provide reasonable notice. The Employment Standards Act of British Columbia sets out the minimum obligations that an employer must pay upon termination of an employee without cause. However employers often fail to realize that the Act merely sets out the bare minimums that an employer must meet. Damages for wrongful dismissal are also governed by common law and the courts routinely award significantly higher amounts than the minimum standards.
If you have been terminated without reasonable notice then you may be legally entitled to much more compensation at common law than the Employment Standards Act minimums
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