What is constructive dismissal? Why do I need a constructive dismissal lawyer in Toronto?

When an employer unilaterally changes the terms of an employment contract, that may constitute constructive dismissal. If you have been demoted, received a downgrade in pay or a change of responsibilities, or are experiencing workplace harassment or bullying, or suffering through a toxic work environment, reach out to us for a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation. 

Constructive dismissal cases are notoriously difficult to prove on your own. That’s why you need to engage legal support as soon as you can. If your case is successful, you will likely be entitled to severance pay and employment insurance (EI).

What if I quit – am I still entitled to sue? Get a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation to find out.

Even if you’ve already quit your job due to a material and unilateral shift in your employment contract, you may still be entitled to remuneration. 

The only way to find out is by engaging with expert constructive dismissal lawyers. 

The team at Unified LLP will offer you a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation so you can better determine what the right course of action is. With years of experience handling these types of cases, our firm knows how to build your case so it has the best possible chance to succeed. 

If your employer is no longer honouring the original terms of your contract and/or has made significant changes, you can either accept these changes and continue to work, or quit and take legal action in pursuit of severance and EI remuneration.

When is the right time to quit?

After you have had a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation. An experienced employment lawyer Toronto will be able to walk you through all the steps necessary to ensure your case has the best possible chance to deliver a positive outcome. 

Note that the court will assess whether your situation is deemed as a constructive dismissal; there is no such thing as ‘partial constructive dismissal’. 
In other words, before leaving your current employment in the hopes of suing, contact an experienced Toronto law firm like Unified LLP first.

How do I know if I’ve experienced constructive dismissal?

While there’s no way to be 100% certain without examining your individual case and the specific details, there are some common traits shared among constructive dismissal cases. 

It can be generally said that constructive dismissal occurs when there is a: 

Reduction in pay of 15% or more (this is the general standard, can be more or less depending on the case).

Demotion, usually in tandem with reduction in pay, status, and/or responsibility, can qualify as constructive dismissal. 

Change in work location which would substantially increase your commute time and/or require a move, this can constitute constructive dismissal. 

Arbitrary suspension or layoff – and this includes suspensions with pay. You can also not be laid off unless this is within the terms of your employment. 

Dangerous work environment where you are subjected to harassment, bullying, discrimination, racism, abuse, or even risk of physical harm.

Changes to the terms and conditions of your employment relationship.

Think You’ve Experienced Constructive Dismissal? Contact Unified LLP Today

Claims for constructive dismissal can be difficult to prove; that doesn’t mean you should give up hope, or feel like you need to remain in a potentially harmful or toxic work environment. 

When working with the team at Unified LLP, we’ll take the time to assess your employment  relationship and the relevant details to help determine if what’s occurred amounts to a constructive dismissal. 

If successful, you may be entitled to benefits for the duration of the reasonable notice period in addition to unpaid compensation, such as bonuses or commission, as well as termination pay.

Contact us online or by phone today to Unified LLP and receive a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation, able to help you quickly determine the strength of your case.

Constructive Dismissal Lawyer Toronto FAQs

This FAQ provides general information and should not be considered legal advice. Consult with Unified’s experienced constructive dismissal lawyers in Toronto for tailored guidance regarding your legal situation.

How can a constructive dismissal lawyer help me? When do I need one?

A constructive dismissal lawyer holds an expertise in employment law, able to support employees when they claim they’ve been forced to quit their job due to intolerable working conditions. You may need one if you believe you’ve experienced constructive dismissal.

How can I find a reliable constructive dismissal lawyer in Toronto?

Finding a reliable constructive dismissal lawyer in Toronto is simple – check reviews, reputation, referrals, and look for past history of success. You can find all this and more throughout the Unified website.

What separates a leading constructive dismissal lawyer from other options?

Experience, legal knowledge, and the ability to communicate clearly, quickly, and with empathy.

What are the benefits of hiring a constructive dismissal lawyer in Toronto?

Constructive dismissal cases can be difficult to navigate and are quite nuanced. Your constructive dismissal lawyers will be able to directly communicate with your employer as well as serve as your legal representation and counsel throughout the entire process.

How much does it cost to hire constructive dismissal lawyers in Toronto?

At Unified LLP, our constructive dismissal lawyers work on a contingency fee basis – that means that you pay nothing upfront and will only pay if you win. Contact us for a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation so we can assess your case and better help you determine the next steps available.

What is the difference between constructive dismissal and wrongful dismissal?

Constructive dismissal involves a situation where your employer’s actions or substantial alterations to your job make it impossible for you to continue working. Wrongful dismissal is when an employer terminates your employment without just cause and without providing adequate notice or severance pay. In both situations, your employer may be liable – get an employment lawyer Toronto free consultation today to help you determine whether you have a case.

What are some common signs of constructive dismissal in the workplace?

Significant change in job duties, reduction in salary, demotions, harassment, bullying or hostile work environments can all constitute cause for a constructive dismissal case.

What is the difference between breach of contract and constructive dismissal?

Both are legal terms but have important differences. Breach of contract refers to a violation of any legally binding agreement not limited to employment contracts. Constructive dismissal is specific to employment law, where employer actions force an employee to resign. Constructive dismissal can also be considered a breach of your employment contract.

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How can I get a constructive dismissal lawyer free consultation?

Simply reach out to our team of constructive dismissal lawyers today to set up your free consultation.