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Can I sue my former employer in court?
Clear language definitions to common legal terms.
If you left your job or got fired, you might have a claim against your employer. And you might have the option of suing your employer in court.
Choosing court or the Ministry of Labour
The Workers' Action Centre has a fact sheet called Court or the Ministry of Labour? that has basic information about these options and the differences between them.
Some of the differences are:
- how much work you have to do
- how easy or complicated it is
- financial risks
- how long you can expect the process to take
- what you can claim
- who can make the employer pay if you win
It's important to get legal advice before you decide what to do.
Choosing which court
If you're suing an employer for $25,000 or less, you do this in Small Claims Court.
If you want to sue for more than $25,000, you have to do this in Superior Court. It's very hard to do this without a lawyer. If you want to sue in Superior Court, you should try to get legal help If you have a low income, you might be able to get help from Pro Bono Ontario.