Starline Windows Sued By Terminated Employee

September 11th, 2018 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

A former Starline Windows, based in Surrey, B.C. Canada, employee was awarded six months’ pay following a court case, Greenlees v. Starline Windows Ltd, between himself and the window company.

The Supreme Court of B.C. ruled in favor of James Greenlees on August 29th. Greenlees sued Starline Windows for wrongful dismissal, following his termination from the company after only six months of employment. Greenlees stated to the court that he was paid a one week’s notice after termination, and he contended that he was entitled to six months’ notice.

Prior to Starline, Greenlees was employed by Trevor Jarvis Contracting. He was their employee for 18 months as a sales associate, making around $100,000 a year. Greenlees was not looking for new employment when he was contacted by Starline. They cold called him and asked if he would be interested in meeting with them. He agreed, and eventually accepted a new position in sales with Starline. In a statement to the court, Greenlees expresses that he was under the impression his new salary would be around $100,000 annually.

“(Starline) specifically told me that, if I accepted the position, I would be working primarily in the new residential construction projects with occasional work in renovation construction projects, the former of which was represented as having the earning potential of at least $100,000 per year,” says Greenlees according to court documents.

In September of 2017, Greenlees was terminated, following the termination of his supervisor, also the man who hired him. Greenlees was paid for one week’s wages, and was refused a letter of recommendation.

Greenlees did not find other employment until April of this year. He applied to around 42 other companies, but did not receive any offers equal to his previous employment. Greenlees’ lawyer stated to the court because of how long it took Greenlees to find a new job, his notice should have been longer.

The court found these reasons to be valid, and awarded Greenlees the amount of $28,400.88, plus $8,000 in legal fees.

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