Seasonal layoffs were part of life for veteran log scalers like Ms. Wood (her real name). But in 2007, confidence in recall wasn’t high. Business was slow; and Ms. Wood had just gotten the cold shoulder for complaining about being sexually assaulted by a logging driver. So when she saw less senior colleagues getting recalled while her own phone remained silent, Ms. Wood took $60,000 in government forest worker aid under the Community Development Trust. In 2011, she sued her ex-employer for $25,000 for wrongful termination. But the court dismissed the case because: a. there was no evidence that the sex assault had anything to do with her not being recalled; and b. in accepting CDT aid, Ms. Wood had waived all claims against the company [Wood v. Pattom Services Ltd.,  B.C.J. No. 1396, July 3, 2012].
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