Can an unauthorized raise or bonus be justified?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Böhmer v Burns Lake Native Logging Ltd., 2018 BCSC 1052 (CanLII):

Going back to the reasoning in McKinley v. BC Tel, cited earlier, the wrongful taking of the money gave rise to a breakdown of the employment relationship in this case. Of course, the facts of each case must be examined, and there may somehow be a case where an unauthorized raise or bonus could be legally rationalized. It is hard to imagine such a case, and there is nothing in the facts at bar to bring this case into that strange hypothetical circumstance.

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