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Firing Founding Director ≠ Age Discrimination

After wooing and training his hand-picked successor, the artistic director and founder of a performing arts company decided not to retire after all. But while willing to relinquish the director position, his salary and authority demands were hard for the company to accommodate. Clashes with his successor made a bad situation worse.  After refusing the opportunity to resign, the founder was fired. He claimed age discrimination. The Human Rights Tribunal tossed the complaint. Age discrimination can be subtle and unspoken, the Tribunal acknowledged; but there was no evidence that age played any role in the founder’s dismissal [Smith v. Ptarmigan Music & Theatre Society and others, 2017 BCHRT 169 (CanLII), Aug. 10, 2017].

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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