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Corporate & Commercial Litigation

The recent expansion of the rights of minority shareholders and the use of the Oppression Remedy have forced previously tightly controlled private corporations to accept much greater responsibility to their minority shareholders and to many third-party creditors.


Ryder Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to help you protect your interests when dealing with corporations.


Other areas of practice include:

  • Real estate
  • Wills, trusts and estate planning
  • Estate litigation
  • Powers of attorney
  • Incorporation of companies


Wrongful Dismissal / Employment Law

Termination of a relationship between an employer and an employee can be complicated and stressful. If an employee loses his or her job, it is not only a financial shock but also an emotional trauma, even more so if the employee is older.


We understand that legal services in these situations must include accurate legal advice as well as compassion for the distressed parties.


Ryder Law Firm has represented both employers and employees for many years and has an experienced and balanced understanding of the important issues and law.


Legislation such as the Employment Standards Act sets a base level of entitlement for termination of employment. However, the courts have often far exceeded the levels set out in the legislation, depending upon the circumstances.


When an employee is terminated, the courts are often sympathetic to that employee, even though he or she may not have been a perfect employee. Simply because an employee has made mistakes or has been criticized by management does not, in every case, entitle the employer to terminate the employee without the appropriate compensation.


Compensation may include severance pay (possibly as much as 4 weeks per year worked), continuing benefits, bonuses, retraining allowances, employer remittances and, in some cases, damages for the manner in which the termination took place.


Even if the employee is agreeable to leaving an employer, it is important that the employee be adequately compensated for in all aspects of the severance package.


Unfortunately, an employee may be sexually harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. This sort of action can support a claim by an employee for substantial damages against the employer.


Constructive dismissal situations arise when an employer, during the term of the employment, materially changes the terms and conditions of the employment contract. This also can be the basis of a successful claim against an employer.


Wrongful dismissal and employment law is a complicated mix of legislative provisions and reported court decisions. Both employers and employees need to be extremely careful how they act in these emotionally charged circumstances, as a mistake by either party can radically change the final result.


We would be pleased to discuss concerns in this area and provide our candid advice. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


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669 Gustavus Street, Box 1956

Port Elgin, ON, N0H 2C0

Phone: 519-832-4466

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Fax: 519-832-4475



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Toronto, ON, M4W 3R1

Former Toronto Office



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