Just over six months after it had been filed, a wrongful dismissal suit launched by a former Yukon government mine engineer ended quietly — with some strokes of a pen, instead of a public trial.
Lawyers representing former chief mine engineer Paul Christman and the Yukon government signed off on a court order dismissing the case on November. 1. Neither party is accountable for the other’s legal costs.
In April of this year, Christman sued the Yukon government’s department of energy, mines and resources, alleging the government stripped him of his authority, neglected his job description and created a hostile work atmosphere.
Court papers detailed a fight between Christman, his department superior and a mining firm which is referred to as Golden Predator. Christman claimed his supervisor, the Yukon’s director of mineral services, drastically reduced the financial security that the mining firm would have to put up so as to restart operations at the mine.
This lead to further conflict that made his resignation involuntary, Christman’s statement of claim said.
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Shortly after the lawsuit was initiated Christman’s lawyer Mark Wallace told the news they’d be seeking damages for of the employment contract totaling 9 months pay as well as damages, pre- and post-judgment legal costs and interest.
In May, the Yukon government issued a press release of defence denying all the facts claimed by Christman and inquiring for the case to be dismissed with costs.
The Department of Energy, Mines and Resources said they might offer no public comment concerning the result.
Wallace didn’t answer a request for any information by The Yukon News’ deadline.
A legal action filed in British Columbia carrying claim of defamation against Christman from Predator’s CEO has not noticed new public developments since mid May.
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