Wrongful Dismissal Trends for 2016

One of the last wrongful dismissal decisions of 2015, Drysdale v Panasonic Canada Inc., 2015 ONSC 6878 (“Drysdale”), provides some useful insights into the judicial trends that will likely continue into 2016 when deciding wrongful dismissal actions.

Summary Judgment Motions

Drysdale was decided by way of a summary judgment motion. The use of summary judgment motions to decide wrongful dismissal where the employee was terminated from his or her employment without cause has become the norm in Ontario. A summary judgment motions offers a faster and more cost efficient resolutions of a wrongful dismissal resolution of a wrongful dismissal claim than a trial.

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