My employer terminated me without notice, their grounds for termination was them logging in to my Facebook account

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Customer: My employer terminated me without notice, their grounds for termination was them logging in to my Facebook account without my permission, printing and circulating personal coversations I had and terminating me based on those conversations despite them not breaching any of the company's policies. I had never given consent for them to access my private accounts. What kind of severance pay am I entitled to, and is this breach of privacy grounds to take further legal action on my part?
JA: Was this retaliation? Or based on age, race, religion, gender, or disability?
Customer: It may have been retaliation, I'm not sure
JA: What kind of workplace is this (private sector, public sector, etc.)? How many employees?
Customer: Private sector, the location has around 15 employees, the whole org probably 150
JA: Where are you located? Workplace termination laws vary by state.
Customer: Canada, BC
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
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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.

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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Are you in a union?

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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.

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.

What you can do to find a lawyer is one of the following things.

You can contact the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association 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 $25.

The number is:

***-***-**** or 1.***-***-****.

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:

http://www.lexpert.ca/directory/find-lawyers-or-law-firms/

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Thank you, ***** ***** been incredibly helpful. Is there anything I should have prepared on my end to help make the process easier for the lawyer? And since I was a commission employee and worked at the company for 20 months, do you have an estimate or idea on how much severance compensation I would be entitled to?
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