Everett and NBCTA Reach Settlement
Prince George, B.C. – Anthony Everett, the former head of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Society and the Northern B.C. Tourism Association have reached an out-of-court settlement to their legal dispute.
The resolution is being kept confidential but both parties released the following joint statement today:
“I am pleased the situation has been resolved, I am grateful and proud of my time with the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association,” said former CEO Anthony Everett. “I wish the staff team and Board every success in the future as they continue to work hard to bring recognition to northern BC as a travel destination.”
“Anthony was a valuable leader during his tenure at NBCTA and made significant and lasting contributions,” said Victoria Olmstead, Chair of the Board. “We wish him success in his future career endeavours.”
In January 2016, Everettt launched legal action, suing the NBCTA for alleged constructive dismissal.
In the statement of claim, Everett said he had taken medical leave from his position as CEO of Northern B.C. Tourism in July of 2014 for treatment of cancer. The claim said at that time, he had an “indefinite term” contract with Northern B.C. Tourism.
The notice of civil claim said he planned to return to work in September of 2015 and was told he could return. Then five days before his return date was told to “distance himself from the office and staff until he met with the Defendant’s Board Chair.”
That meeting is said to have taken place on September 21, at which time Everett claims he was no longer employed as the CEO but could return to a lesser position that would report to the new CEO.
According to the documents, at the time of his medical leave, Everett was making $115,000 plus bonuses of between $5,000 and $6,000 a year. The position he was offered upon his return to work paid $85,000.
His claim said he was entitled to reasonable notice, but that he did not receive such notice. He was seeking pay in lieu of reasonable notice, damages for mental distress, and special damages including expenses incurred in attempting to find new employment and may suffer special damages to be incurred in relocating out of Prince George.
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