Can I sue my former employer in court?

1. Consider making a claim with the Ministry of Labour

Reasons to make a Ministry of Labour claim

Below are reasons you might prefer to make an employment standards claim with the Ministry of Labour rather than sue your employer in court:

  • The process is free.
  • It’s easier than suing in court.
  • If you get a new job right away, this does not reduce the amount your employer owes you as .
  • There’s no risk that you’ll have to pay the employer’s legal costs for taking part in the process.
  • If you win but the employer doesn’t pay, the Ministry will try to make them pay.
  • The Ministry may be able to order an employer to give you your job back but a court can’t do that.

Reasons not to make a Ministry of Labour claim

Below are reasons you might not want to use the Ministry of Labour claim process:

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