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Punitive Damages for Wrongful Dismissal


Lawyer Joe Conforti
Area Employment and Labour


Article originally published in Executive Employment, Volume XII, No 2, 2005

Excerpt from "Punitive Damages for Wrongful Dismissal":

Punitive damages do not compensate.  They are awarded over and above actual compensation and are assessed by way of penalizing the wrongdoer, making an example to others, and deterring blameworthy conduct.  For all practical purposes, punitive damages constitute a fine for misconduct and a windfall for the plaintiff.

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