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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.
I am sorry to hear that you are in a difficult situation.
Please let me know the basic facts and then your specific legal question.
Also please let me know your province.
If an employer wants to dismiss an employee for cause the employer is required to provide the employee with written warnings, unless the employee's conduct is so extraordinary that immediate dismissal is warranted.
Your employer will say theft merits immediate dismissal. But you were entitled to a full and fair investigation and to tell your side of the story so you could answer fully to these allegations.
As this was not the case then you should consider a claim for wrongful dismissal and seek damages from your employer.
Generally the damages would be equal to what you would receive had you been dismissed without cause. If that had been the case you would have been entitled to receive "reasonable" notice or pay in lieu of notice.
Generally, in determining what is reasonable notice Courts look at several factors including the length of time you worked for the employer, your age, your position, the likelihood of finding new employment etc.
At the high end, if you were in a managerial position, the Court would likely order one month's notice or pay in lieu of notice for each year of employment. If you were not in a managerial position the Court would order somewhat less.
As well you can sue the manager personally for defaming you but telling lies about you to others and harming your reputation.
Your best next step is to retain your own lawyer.
What you can do to find a lawyer is one of the following things.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.
The number is:
***-***-**** in Calgary
Or you can check on a site called lexpert. This is a legal directory of leading lawyers and law firms throughout Canada and is well-respected by the legal community.
Here's the link to their website:
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