In Guthrie v St Joseph Print Group ( 2018 ONSC 1411) Master Champagne had to decide whether a series of emails between senior management and the human resources department had to be produced in an Affidavit of Documents .
The Plaintiff alleged that he was constructively dismissed when after 34 years as a salesman his compensation was reduced by 10% after being placed on Performance Improvement Plan.
The Defendant claimed privledge on two grounds:
Litigation Privilege: Because the emails in question were about a year before the constructive dismissal, the Master held that it is not plausible that the Defendant contemplated litigation that far in advance and that because the predominant purpose of the emails was performance issues, no privilege applied.
Wigmore Test : There are 4 required parts to the common law test as to whether or not a non statautory privilege should exist.