A Ford store in St. John's, Nfld., is on the hook for damages for the involuntary resignation of its commercial-fleet manager.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal upheld a $72,863 trial judgment in favour of Ralph Evans, who worked at Avalon Ford from 1997 to 2010, when he quit after being chastised over an inventory-control error for which he took responsibility. Evans “suffered a medically diagnosed acute stress reaction” after criticism by the store’s general sales manager and owner, the decision said.
Although Evans walked off the job after a “tense meeting,” handed in his keys and said, “I’m done,” the alleged resignation was “equivocal,” and Avalon “could not reasonably conclude Evans had voluntarily resigned,” the court said.
It said Avalon Ford owed Evans “general obligations of good faith and fair dealing” that included giving him time to withdraw the resignation.