This article originally appeared in YourMississaugaBiz.com.Stage West may be closed, but its next act is in court.
A former employee is suing the Stage West All Suite Hotel and Theatre Restaurant in Mississauga for more than $1 million.
In the civil lawsuit, the Mississauga resident is suing the Stage West on Dixie Road and four other defendants for a total of $1,138,000 for wrongful dismissal, unpaid salary and unpaid commissions.
The theatre publicly announced it was closing its doors on May 25, citing a sluggish Canadian economy and lower sales.
The former Stage West employee alleges she was notified of termination of employment on May 6, effective on June 30.
The plaintiff alleges she was not given reasonable cause. The case was filed on June 20.
In court documents, the plaintiff alleges she suffered intentional infliction of mental stress requiring a sick leave, increased working demands, as well as “harassment, violence, degradation, devaluation, intimidation, and bullying.”
Documents detail multiple instances of verbal and physical altercations.
As a result, the plaintiff is asking for $100,000 for 24 months’ pay in lieu of reasonable notice, $500,000 for damages for infliction of mental distress, $250,000 for aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages, and $250,000 in damages for breach of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Prior to the dismissal, the employee had worked at Stage West Theatre for more than 20 years.
Mayfield Management Inc., Mayfield Suites General Partner Inc., Mayfield Suites Hotel No. 2 Limited Partnership and the Stage West manager mentioned in the complaint have also been named in the lawsuit. They have not yet retained legal counsel.
Representatives from the Ramada Inn, which was home to the theatre, were unavailable for comment at press time.