The sole two directors of an Infiniti store in Ottawa can't be held personally liable in a wrongful discharge suit by its former general manager, according to an Ontario Superior Court judge. The judge also found no grounds for liability of six interrelated holding companies.
The case was filed by Darren Sproule, who had been hired in 1998 to work at two Tony Graham Automotive stores and was promoted in 2006 to general manager of the dealer group's Nissan-Infiniti store. He was terminated in 2014.
Judge Robert Maranger found no basis to impose personal liability on directors Maureen and Elizabeth Graham in the absence of fraud, deceit, dishonesty or lack of corporate authority on their part. Maranger also said although the holding companies are financially intermingled, "they do not exercise directly or indirectly any control over the employees."