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Oct 9, 2018 – O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society v Day

The BC Supreme Court awarded 26 months of pay in lieu of notice to the wrongfully dismissed plaintiff in O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society v Day, 2018 BCSC 1724. Relevant factors included:

  • Plaintiff’s age: 63
  • Length of service: 30 years
  • Job: Founder/head of operations
  • Notice period: 26 months

The plaintiff was the founder and head of the defendant., having devoted much of her life to developing the defendant into “an internationally renowned raptor rehabilitation and education facility.” Her responsibilities included “to manage the overall operations of O.W.L. as well as her ongoing and substantive fundraising and public relations activities (both on and off site) and bird rescue activities which mainly occurred after hours at night.”

Notes: The defendant counterclaimed against the plaintiff, pleading “unjust enrichment, financial impropriety, financial mismanagement, and receipt of unauthorized payments for rent, salary, and vacation pay.” All counterclaims were dismissed.

The plaintiff was also awarded $30,000 in aggravated damages for bad faith conduct which caused her significant distress.

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