Hamilton Employment
& Termination Lawyers

Nationally published employment & termination lawyers serving employees & employers all over Ontario.

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    Representing Employees

    in termination and other cases.

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    Representing Employers

    in all types of employment cases.

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Employment Lawyers in Hamilton that You Can Count On.

Proudly serving both employees and employers in Hamilton for over 15 years!
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Have you been wrongfully terminated? We can help.

Our lawyers are able to assist with matters such as termination and wrongful dismissal matters, employment contracts, severance packages, severance package reviews, constructive dismissal issues, denied long-term disability, resignation, retirement, just cause terminations, sale of businesses, and contract frustrations – among other things. Since 2003, we have helped hundreds of employees and employers with their employment related issues. If you have any questions or concerns about your employment or work situation, do not hesitate to contact us online or call us book your free phone consultation today at (289) 203-5991.

OUT HAMILTON EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS WILL MAKE SURE YOUR SEVERANCE IS FAIR.

Our Hamilton employment lawyers understand that the loss of one’s job is almost always a traumatic event – and we will help protect your rights.  Termination can have drastic practical consequences –  and can be personally crushing – but remember, employers are fully entitled to terminate employment.  When this happens, employers terminate an employee without just cause, it is obliged to provide the employee with reasonable notice of the termination of his or her employment.  If you have not been provided with sufficient notice or payment in lieu of notice, then you may have an action for wrongful dismissal.

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Lost Your Job?

Book your free phone consultation today.

If you have lost your job, do not sign anything before having your severance papers reviewed. You may be entitled to more severance than you have been offered. Call us today at (289) 203-5991 to have your separation papers reviewed. We represent employees Province-wide.

Why do people hire us? Because we are trial lawyers. Because we are approachable. Because we are knowledgeable, and most importantly, we will always put your best interests first. You'll never be treated like "just another case."

Matt Lalande

Matt Lalande

Founding Lawyer

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us

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  • “I had an employment matter and needed legal support for the situation. Matt and his team were exceptional in their professionalism and help with bringing this matter to a successful outcome. I hope to never have to go through something like this again but if I do Matt and his team would be my first call. Highly recommend his services! ”
    Michael Hardman - Google Business Reviews

    Wrongful Dismissal

  • “Words cannot say enough about Matt. He is professional, educated, honest, responsive and last but not least he is caring. He has impressed us yet again with his quality of service and expertise that is hard to come by. If you need a quality lawyer that works in your best interest, call Matt Lalande asap. He will respond to you right away and be straight up with you from the beginning maintaining a high level of communication and professionalism. Thank you Matt! ”
    Milena - Google Business Reviews

    Contract Review

  • “Matt helped with my employment issue. He was wonderful to deal with and provided excellent communication and advice throughout the process. I was very pleased with the outcome. ”
    Peggy Findlay - Google Business Reviews

    Wrongful Dismisal

  • “Lalande Law helped our medical clinic with our employment contracts and other related issues. Happy to have him as our lawyer. ”
    Ajay Manjoo

    Employment Contracts

  • “I am a local business owner in Burlington and Lalande lawyers has helped us out with employment issues on numerous occasion. They are very helpful and I would recommend them to anyone with employment issues. ”
    Roy Jones

    Employment Agreements and other Matters

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WE CAN HELP

Our Hamilton Employment Lawyers represent both employers and employees in a full range of employment law matters, from terminations, contracts, severance, and trial representation.

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    Experience Matters

    Matt Lalande has been representing employers and employees since 2003.

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    We try cases

    We have conducted both jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Courts.

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    We try to settle

    We try hard to get cases to settle. We prefer to see employers and employees save money.

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    Results

    Matt Lalande has recovered millions in awards for Plaintiffs since 2003.

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    Responsive

    You can call, email, or chat with our live chat operator 24/7.

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    We work fast

    We understant that for employees, being terminated can be crushing financially.

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    Experience Matters

    Matt Lalande has been representing employers and employees since 2003.

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    We try cases

    We have conducted both jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Courts.

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    We try to settle

    We try hard to get cases to settle. We prefer to see employers and employees save money.

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    Results

    Matt Lalande has recovered millions in awards for Plaintiffs since 2003.

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    Responsive

    You can call, email, or chat with our live chat operator 24/7.

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    We work fast

    We understant that for employees, being terminated can be crushing financially.

Frequently Asked Questions About Employment Law

Below are frequently asked Questions about Employment and Termination Law

I’ve been fired. What should I do?

The first thing you must do is stay calm. When you’re ready, contact our Hamilton employment lawyers confidentially  by calling us at 905-333-8888 or by filling in a contact form. We will get back to you within reasonable time. We will send you an email advising you what we need from you when we speak to you to discuss your termination. During our telephone call or in person meeting, we will discuss all of your options and whether or not you have a case against your employer. The consultation is without obligation. We will help inform you of your legal rights and answer any questions you may have.

Are your consultations free for terminated employees?

We typically set up a free phone consultation to discuss your case. We typically do not provide legal advice during the free phone call but instead, provide you with guidance on whether or not you have a case. If we believe that you do have a case, we will invite you for an in-office consultation. Our in-office consultations are not free. We do charge a fee – but in certain cases there are arrangements that we can make to pay for your consultation at the end of your case.  Losing a job is a very serious event and if you have been terminated, we believe that everyone involved will appreciate the value of time and services better if there is a fee for service involved.

Are your consultations free for employees denied long-term disability?

Consultations are free for individuals denied long-term disability benefits. We are able to extend this courtesy since these cases are often litigated and if successful, the defendant disability insurance companies will be ordered to provide costs or a portion of legal costs to the plaintiff, if that plaintiff is successful at trial.

How do I know if I have been wrongfully terminated?

It’s hard to tell because often times people don’t understand the concept of wrongful dismissal. Wrongful dismissal does not mean that you are terminated wrongly, but rather it means that you are not given reasonable notice of your termination. In every non-unionized employment relationship, an employer has an employed common-law obligation to give employees reasonable notice of its intention to terminate the employment relationship (unless there is just cause for termination). If the employer fails to give the employee reasonable notice of termination, the employee can bring a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal for the breach of that implied term. When we speak of wrongful dismissal, it means that you weren’t provided enough notice or payment in lieu of notice. If you are unsure if you have not been provided sufficient notice of termination or payment of notice, it’s best you speak to a Hamilton employment lawyer.

How much severance am I entitled to if I have been terminated?

The word severance is a bit misunderstood. The better way to think of severance is separation pay. In order to calculate separation pay, an employer must pay an employee statutory minimums as set out in the Employment Standards Act of Ontario, or the Canada Labour Code. Under the Employment Standards Act or the Canada Labour code, an employer must pay termination pay and if required, severance pay. These are minimum payments owed by law to employees that have been terminated.

Once those minimums are satisfied, the employer must turn his or her mind to the calculation of reasonable notice. An employer who dismisses an employee without just cause is obliged to provide the employee with reasonable notice of termination of his or her employment. In a wrongful dismissal action, the employee has the onus of establishing that he is entitled to a particular form of compensation during this notice period, and establishing the financial value of his or her damages. Wrongful dismissal damages are generally calculated from the date of the employer’s breach of the employment contract (i.e. the date that employment was terminated without proper notice, pay in lieu or other termination entitlements). To determine the financial value of an employee’s loss, a Court will typically break the employee’s compensation and benefits down to a monthly or weekly figure, then multiply this value by the months or weeks of reasonable notice. That amount, inclusive of statutory payments, will be paid to an employee, less what has been paid and or less mitigation income.

What if I have been discriminated against before and during my termination?

Courts in Ontario are not limited to awarding wrongful dismissal damages only. Courts in Ontario are entitled to award damages for injury to dignity feelings and self respect. In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to provide authority to the Superior Court  under S.46  of the Code to award human rights damages for the discrimination and infringement of code rights.

While the Human Rights Tribunal is limited to awarding damages and compensation for injury to dignity feelings self-respect and special damages, the Superior Court can award general damages intended to compensate an employee for pain and suffering, including injury to dignity feelings and self-respect, special damages (which are designed to return the plaintiff to the same financial position he or she was in prior to the alleged violations), aggravated damages, punitive damages as well as interest costs and disbursements.

Courts, like the Human Rights Tribunal, will provide a focused analysis on the objective seriousness of the conduct and the affect of the discrimination on the particular applicant or plaintiff. Courts will look at a plaintiff’s humiliation, embarrassment, lost self-respect, loss of dignity, loss of confidence, victimization, loss of self-esteem, vulnerability, as well as the frequency and seriousness of the discrimination and offensive  treatment.

I have a business with less than 25 employees, can you help?

We have helped employers of all sizes. We have helped small businesses with 5 employees. We have helped advertising agencies with over 30 employees. We’ve helped pool companies with over 100 employees. Size is no matter. We are happy to help any type of employer make the right decision when structuring a termination package or litigating a case.

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CONTACT OUR EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS

We’re here to help.  Contact us confidentially at (289) 203-5991 or by filling in a contact form today.

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    Serving Terminated Employees Province Wide

    If you've been terminated we can help ensure that you are paid the appropriate amount of severance that is owed to you.

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    Serving Employers Province Wide

    Our Hamilton Employment Lawyers are able to help employers of all sizes - from small businesses to large corporations.

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    Contact us 24/7

    If you feel that you have been unfairly or wrongfully terminated, it’s vital that you act quickly to seek legal advice. Call us today.