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My partner and a co-worker were brought into their manager's office today and were told that they were being suspended without pay (not in their contract) based on activity that occurred on Friday. That "activity" was reported to the RCMP and they will apparently contact my partner and his co-worker in the following week. HR will also reach out to them. My partner and his colleague are confused as to what joint activity is being referred to, as they both work in separate parts of the company. The company is an environmental waste company that is known to violate regulations. My partner and colleague are very young and both have the same start date, they have only been working there for 4 months. Is this something the RCMP would get involved in? Is this constructive dismissal? Is this a way to terminate without notice?

Thank you for your question. My name is Jon Pinkus and I am an employment lawyer with Samfiru

Generally speaking an unpaid suspension will often constitute a constructive dismissal and entitle one to severance pay. But it is always advisable to speak with a lawyer before taking any action. It is difficult to say at this point whether the RCMP would get involved.

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