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More than 300 former employees are suing BlackBerry

by Todd Haselton | February 19, 2017February 19, 2017 6:00 am PDT

BlackBerry is the target of a class action lawsuit levied by more than 300 former employees. The suit was filed by law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne and was first spotted by Mobile Syrup.

The suit is pretty forward in its accusations. The former employees say BlackBerry “arranged to transfer over 300 employees across Canada to a business partner. Only after employees accepted employment with the business partner, BlackBerry informed the employees that they had resigned their employment.”

A Waterloo Switcheroo?

That’s rough. Basically, they’re alleging that BlackBerry said they’d keep their jobs under a new partner but, then, once the deal was made, the employees quickly lost their jobs. “Blackberry provided resignation letters for the employees to sign and dictated their last date of employment. Blackberry stated that the transfer is not a sale of business, meaning the employees will lose all of their years of service.”


“BlackBerry has breached its duties of good faith and honesty, and has knowingly misled the employees,” the suit says. “BlackBerry structured this transaction in such a way as to avoid paying these employees their statutory entitlements.”

The law firm is seeking for those provincial statutory entitlements in addition to “bad faith and punitive damages, as well as costs.”

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...