Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Update on Honda and Keays

Bar-Ex reports that Honda's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to be argued Feb. 20, 2008.

Mr. Keays’ has also cross-appealed from the Ontario Court of Appeal decision reducing the $500,000.00 punitive damages award he received at trial to $100,000.00.

In this case, a former Honda Canada worker was awarded two years' salary in lieu of notice plus $500,000 in punitive damages for harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Keays, who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome that emerged in the later years of his 14 year tenure with Honda, was exposed to progressive discipline by his employer for absence due to his illness. Ultimately, his employment was terminated.

The trial Court held that Honda had wrongfully dismissed and discriminated against Mr. Keays. The punitive damages awarded at trial were unprecedented in Ontario.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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