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Job Abandonment Ontario

Your job may be 9 to 5, but that does not mean it has to be 24/7.  There are many instances in which employees are lawfully permitted to be away from work, without the employer treating the absence as job abandonment (in Ontario and Canada).

Consider if you are absent from work because of one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Sickness
  • Stress
  • Disability
  • Vacation
  • Religious observance
  • Maternity/parental leave
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Misdiarized shifts

Many employees in these circumstances find themselves accused of abandoning their job, or fired under the pretense of job abandonment.  The employer is often wrong, but the employee may still be fired, often without any advanced notice or severance pay.  Not only is this unfair, but most likely illegal as well.

Sometimes an employee will refuse to return to work because of a hostile work environment, or serious breach of their employment contract.  This may not amount to job abandonment (across Ontario and Canada), but may in fact constitute constructive dismissal.

If there is any dispute about a resignation, Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers can help employees determine:

  • Whether you abandoned your job
  • Whether you were constructively dismissed
  • Whether you are entitled to notice and/or severance pay
  • Whether your human rights have been affected

Read our Job Abandonment article for more information.