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Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat does it mean to be terminated with cause?If one's employment is terminated with cause, there is typically no requirement on the part of the employer to provide notice or financial compensation. However, the employer must ensure that the reason for termination is properly set out and that the employer can provide the cause if it goes to court. Typical examples of termination with cause include dishonesty, disloyalty, insubordination, disobedience, lateness/absenteeism, illness, disruption of business affairs, alcohol or drug use, incompetence, neglect of duty, conflict of interest, criminal or immoral conduct and sexual harassment.
In Canada, an employer will typically be required to provide notice and/or compensation when an employee is being terminated without cause. Unless the amount of notice or compensation is clearly provided in the employee's employment contract, the amount of notice and/or compensation varies depending upon such factors as the employee's length of employment, age, gender and skill level.