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Unpaid Intern Can’t Sue for Wrongful Dismissal & Can’t Prove Mental Distress

A college fired a 54-year-old unpaid intern after a female student accused him of sexually accosting her in an elevator. The intern denied the charge and sued the college for damages. The court tossed all his claims. The intern couldn’t sue for wrongful dismissal because he wasn’t an employee. And while his status as an unpaid volunteer didn’t preclude suing for mental distress, the intern’s total lack of credibility doomed any chances of proving the claims and justified dismissal without a trial [Mehedi v. Culturelink Settlement & Community Services, 2017 ONSC 5225 (CanLII), Sept. 6, 2017].

Bongarde Editorial

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