SGEU and SB v, Saskatchewan Social Services

Punitive Damages for malicious manner of dismissal


SB, a Social Services supervisor, was accused of sexual misconduct by an unreliable client of Social Services seeking to discredit him in order to regain custody of her apprehended children.The Department immediately terminated the grievor, then sought to further entrap him after termination with the cooperation of the complainant who had registered the unfounded complaint.The Arbitrator, in the only award providing punitive damages to date in Saskatchewan, awarded punitive and extraordinary damages to the grievor for the malicious manner in which the employer not only terminated him but then sought to justify their termination after the fact when the complainant's credibilty began to deteriorate.

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