Court Upholds 3 Year Fixed Term Contract

In Alsip v Top Rollshutteers Inc. the BC SC upheld the following language as constituting a fixed term contract:

” The position is full time and permanent. Your compensation will be as follows: A three year employment contract”.

The Employer argued that this meant a maximum of three years of employment and could be terminated sooner on reasonable notice. The  Plaintiff was  terminated after 1 year. The Court  awarded damages for the the remaining 2 years in the contract.

As the Employer had drafted the contract, the Court applied the legal doctrine that read any ambiguity against the author of the document.

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