Have You Been Wrongfully Dismissed?

Your employer may have breached the terms of your employment agreement and, potentially, the Employment Standards Act.

But first, have you been asked to accept/sign a severance offer? Wait, don’t sign! The first offer from your employer is rarely, if ever, fair.

Despite what your employer may say about you needing to sign, that is simply not true. Once you sign and accept the severance package, you cannot later claim additional severance under the common law. This could be many thousands of dollars and months of severance versus weeks. You may also be awarded additional damages depending on your employer’s conduct.

Have us review your severance offer before you sign so we can get you what you’re truly entitled to under the common law.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Experienced Severance Lawyers

Contact us by phone toll-free at 1-800-771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist.

Note that an employer can terminate you for any reason, or no reason at all and they are not required to tell you the reason. They often offer the minimum severance under the Employment Standards Act and hope you’ll go away.

The minimum rarely reflects the particular situation and this why your employer’s offer must be aligned with the common law, which is often much more.

Simply put, there’s no reason to settle for less than your full entitlements.

Once we review your situation, your options on how to move forward will be clear.

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We understand you need a speedy and optimal result at a fair price.

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Unlike other law firms, the people you speak with aren’t simple “appointment setters.” They’re adept in determining if speaking to one of our lawyers can help you. And isn’t that what you need to know right now? …without spending a cent?

If our intake specialist recommends a “Strategy Session” with one of our lawyers, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you’re on track to resolve your issue efficiently.

Call now to speak with an intake specialist free of charge and find out if a Strategy Session is right for you.

Why Choose Achkar Law?

Employment Law Focus

Our lawyers specialize in employment law, ensuring you have the right expertise in your corner.

Personalized Approach

Each case is unique. The legal strategy will address the details of your particular circumstances.

Strong Advocacy

We fearlessly take on even the most formidable employers to protect your rights.

Client-Centric Focus

Your best interests are our top priority. We’re here to guide you through the negotiation process with compassion and dedication.


We have a deep understanding of Ontario’s employment laws, regulations, and precedents, providing you with a local and strategic advantage.

Transparent Communication

We believe in clear and open communication. You’ll always be well-informed about the progress of your case.

Informed Decision-Making

We review your case, provide tailored recommendations, and empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions. Your future is in your hands, and we’re here to support your choices for a positive outcome.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Experienced Severance Lawyers

Contact us by phone toll-free at 1-800-771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist.

Severance FAQs

A reasonable severance package in Canada varies substantially based on the circumstances of the employee. While there are many factors which can contribute to the calculation of a reasonable package, there are common factors which are typically considered, known as the Bardal factors.

Employees can try to negotiate alone, but almost always, a lawyer can get them more. Seeking the advice of an experienced employment lawyer helps a dismissed employee understand whether the severance package they are offered is reasonable in comparison with what a judge will likely give them.

An employment lawyer is likely in the best position to assess the appropriate severance package of an employee who has been let go. A good lawyer will know how and when to negotiate, and when to initiate a Statement of Claim to get defendants to pay you through settlement or a court order.

Yes – having your employment terminated by your employer is the same as being fired or let go. A termination of employment is either with or without cause, which affects whether or not you are entitled to termination pay. Sometimes employers try to claim that a termination is for cause when it is not. Wrongful dismissal is when an employee is told they are in fact fired or dismissed.

As an employee, if your employment is terminated without cause – that is, through no fault of your own, you are entitled to termination pay, or common law reasonable notice or pay in lieu. If you are an employee and have been terminated, contact an experienced employment lawyer to help assess your case.

In Ontario, employers are able to dismiss an employee without reason – as long as the reason is not related to Human Rights. Employers have to provide the appropriate amount of notice or termination pay to the dismissed employee. The appropriate amount of notice will largely depend on the employment agreement if applicable, and if not, on common law reasonable notice.