Fired Horizon CEO awarded record-breaking $2M in unjust dismissal case against province – CBC

Dr. John Dornan was publicly fired by Premier Blaine Higgs in July after death of patient in ER waiting room

Feb 16, 2023

The former head of Horizon Health Network has been awarded more than $2 million in his unjust dismissal case against the province after he was publicly fired by the premier last summer following the death of a patient in a Fredericton emergency department waiting room.

Dr. John Dornan’s lawyers say it’s the largest employment compensation award in the province’s history and accurately reflects the losses suffered by their client.

It includes about $385,000 a year for the balance of his five-year contract, plus $200,000 in aggravated damages, which is unprecedented under the Public Service Labour Relations Act, according to his lawyers.

No punitive damages or costs were awarded in the decision the adjudicator issued Wednesday.

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