UPDATE: BlackBerry has responded with the following comment:
"We have reviewed the allegations in the lawsuit, and are confident we complied with all our obligations to our employees. Therefore, we believe the case lacks merit and we will defend against it vigorously."
END OF UPDATE
BlackBerry was served with a $20 million CAD class action lawsuit signed by more than 300 of its former and current employees over termination entitlements, an Ottawa-based law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne announced on Thursday. The Canadian tech giant is accused of transferring its employees to the Ford Motor Company of Canada and forcing them to sign their resignation letters instead of providing them with termination entitlements. The plaintiffs claim that the Waterloo-based company first arranged to transfer them to the Canadian branch of Ford last fall, then subsequently notified them that they've resigned by accepting their new jobs. Seeing how BlackBerry was supposedly the party that initiated this transfer of employment, Nelligan O’Brien Payne claims that the company terminated their employees and should therefore pay all of the related entitlements required by the law and the contracts that were terminated.
Apart from losing their entitlements, the company's former employees have also lost all of their accumulated years of service with BlackBerry, their lawyers claim. The class action lawsuit against the Waterloo-based company is demanding the firm to either pay all of the related termination entitlements or pay $20 million CAD to the plaintiffs. BlackBerry has yet to comment on the matter and it remains to be seen whether this lawsuit will actually end up in court or whether the two sides will manage to agree to an out-of-court settlement. Nelligan O’Brien Payne also called all other current and former BlackBerry employees who believe they have been wronged by the company in this manner to join the class action lawsuit. Furthermore, the Ottawa-based firm strongly discouraged current employees of the company from signing any kind of resignation letters that are related to a potential transfer of employment. More information on the matter is available on the law firm's website that can be accessed by following the source link below.
In related news, BlackBerry may soon find itself on the other side of the courtroom as the company just filed a lawsuit against Nokia over alleged patent infringement. BlackBerry's allegations against Nokia were made not long after the Canadian tech giant made similar accusations against BLU.