Calgary Employment Law Counsel
Our Fierce Legal Advocates Are Ready to Stand in Your Corner in Alberta and Beyond
Alberta has experienced years of economic turmoil as a result of low oil prices and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many people throughout the country are losing their jobs through no fault of their own, which why our Calgary employment law attorneys at Guardian Law Group are here to answer all of your questions regarding employment law.
We proudly offer quality legal representation for cases involving:
- Wrongful dismissal: If your employer wrongfully terminated you without proper notice or adequate compensation, we can help you file a wrongful dismissal case and pursue damages.
- Constructive dismissal: If you have ever been pressured to accept drastic changes to your employment that can result in a hostile work environment, you may be able to pursue a constructive dismissal case. Our attorneys can fight to hold your employer accountable.
- Employment agreements: Employment contracts can cover a wide range of matters, such as salary, work expectations, termination clauses, non-competes, and more. We can thoroughly review your employment agreement to help ensure that your best interests are safeguarded.
- Workplace accommodations: Workers with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations, and employers are required to make efforts to accommodate these requests. If your employer has refused your accommodation requests, we can help you protect your rights.
- Human rights violations: We help employees uphold their employment rights and hold employers legally accountable for committing human rights violations in the workplace. From discrimination to sexual harassment, we are prepared to represent a wide range of workplace violations.
Guardian Law has been recognized by The Best Calgary as one of the top employment lawyers in the area!
What Laws Protect Employees From Job Discrimination in Calgary?
Calgary employees are protected by The Alberta Human Rights Act (AHR Act). The AHR Act protects against discrimination for grounds of sexual orientation, source of income, race, colour, or ancestry, gender, gender identity, gender expression, place of origin, marital status, family status, place of origin, age, and physical and mental disability.
The AHR Act applies to all parts of the employment process, which includes:
Job Termination Categories
When an employer lays off an employee, there are two categories: “with-cause” terminations and “without cause” terminations. An example of a with-cause termination would be a situation where an employee was found to have violated the terms of an employment agreement or committed a criminal act against an employer (i.e. theft). In such a case, the employer is not required to pay the employee any severance.
In virtually all other cases, an employer is required to give adequate notice as defined by case law and the Employment Standards Code. Typically, the longer an employee has been working at a job, the longer the notice period (or pay in lieu thereof) will be.
Some of the factors used to determine the appropriate notice period include:
- The character of the employment
- The length of service of the employee
- The age of the employee
- The availability of similar employment that suits the experience, training, and qualifications of the employee.
FAQ: Employment Law
Like many areas of the law, employment law can be complex, which is why we recommend contacting our knowledgeable lawyers before accepting any settlement.
Visit our FAQ page to review common questions we receive from our employment law clients.
Contact Guardian Law Group Today to Discuss Your Case
Regardless of your employment situation, the law in this area can be exceedingly complex. Contact one of our experienced lawyers at Guardian Law Group before agreeing to any settlement so we can explain all of your options so you can make an informed decision.
We rely on connections, resources, and past experiences to help our clients through difficult times.
We take the time to walk our clients through all steps in their process.
We will educate you and provide trainings to make sure you understand the entire process.