Former employee suing Penticton Minor Hockey Association

Palmira Anderson claims PMHA fired her without just cause after “unilaterally’ changing contract

A former employee with the Penticton Minor Hockey Association (PMHA) is suing the association for wages she lost when her contract was terminated after PMHA allegedly changed the employment conditions to no longer let her work from home.

READ MORE: Similkameen orchardists file lawsuit over ancestral remains site

According to the notice of claim filed on Sept. 23, Palmira Anderson, who had been employed with the association since 2007 as an administrator, entered into a written contract with the PMHA from 2017 to 2020.

The contract stated she could have flexible working hours to allow her to “engage in alternate employment operating a home daycare and that she could perform her work duties from her home,” it reads.

But at a later date, on Nov. 26, 2018, the lawsuit claims the PMHA told her in a letter it was “unilaterally” changing the conditions of her employment, which meant Anderson would have to work “specific hours on specific days and to perform those duties in the office.”

“The letter concluded that failure to sign and return a copy of the letter or a letter of resignation by December 15, 2017, would constitute immediate resignation from the position,” the document reads.

READ MORE: Penticton massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct

In the lawsuit, which was filed in small claims court, Anderson said she lost $38,000 in wages, which were owed to her under the contract. As well, by changing the agreed terms of her employment, she was wrongfully terminated without just cause. She is asking for $35,000 in compensation.

The lawsuit also claims Anderson has taken steps to seek alternative, similar employment but has not been successful to date. It adds she has “sustained earnings and other losses.”

The Penticton legal firm Boyle & Co., who represents the PMHA, said they have not yet been served with the lawsuit and cannot comment.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COLUMN: Search and find books still popular at the library

Where’s Waldo and other picture puzzle books provide entertainment for all ages

Boot launches campaign with Facebook Live event

NDP candidate for riding of Penticton joined by John Horgan, Richard Cannings and others

Osoyoos awards $77,000 contract for universal water metering

TR Underwood Engineering won the bid for planning and implementing water meters across town

Column: $200,000 donation to Penticton Regional Hospital more than ‘a little something’

The donation brings us closer to our goal of a second CT scanner at hospital

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

Orange Shirt Day lessons of past in today’s classrooms

Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia, is credited for creating the movement

Greens’ Furstenau fires at NDP, Liberals on pandemic recovery, sales tax promise

She also criticized the NDP economic recovery plan, arguing it abandons the tourism industry

U.S. Presidential Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

Here are key takeaways from the first of three scheduled presidential debates before Election Day on Nov. 3

Peachland resident finds severed bear paw on driveway

Tracie Gordon thought it was a Halloween prank, but it turned out to be a real bear paw

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

Most Read