Judge Warns Against Employer Motions for Summary Judgement:

In Brown v Bank of Nova Scotia ( 2021 ONSC 2696 ) Myers J. dismissed a motion brought by the defendant for a motion for summary judgement alledging that there was a pre-litigation settlement.

On the issue of costs the Judge had the following to say

It is relevant to me as well that the motion was brought in a wrongful dismissal action by an employer against a former employee who seeks notice pay. The risk to the plaintiff of motion practice in wrongful dismissal actions is obvious and significant. This is especially the case where the employer does not allege that it had cause for dismissal. In the overwhelming majority of those cases, the employee is owed some amount of money by its former employer. There are few circumstances in civil litigation where the strategic risk of motion practice is higher. The thought of an unemployed employee, who is owed money by the employer, having to pay costs to its former employer is a massive strategic lever due to the vulnerable circumstances often occupied by wrongful dismissal plaintiffs and the gross imbalance of economic power. There is therefore additional reason to dissuade motion practice in wrongful dismissal actions generally and to ensure that deep-pocketed employers do not make strategic gains by bringing longshot motions that they can afford to lose. Costs on a substantial indemnity basis could well be available in such circumstances.