A big breakupOntario worker lost job title, authority, privileges after romantic split with company owner; more than $190,000 in damagesBy Jeffrey R. Smith11/06/2019|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/05/2019A big breakup The end of a romantic relationship can be messy for both sides. It can get even messier when one person in the relationship owns the company for which the other person works. But regardless of how the personal relationship ends, ending the employment relationship has a number of legal obligations that can’t be avoided.Alissa Churchill, 39, was hired by Aero Auction Sales — a Barrie, Ont.-based company specializing in vehicle and heavy equipment sales through auctions — in July 2009. Her position was that of vice-president of administration, which involved overseeing and supervising employees through the company’s bank accounts, human resources and payroll functions.At the time of Churchill’s hire by Aero, she was in a common law relationship with Aero’s owner, Michael Duns, and the company didn’t draw up a written employment agreement. The relationship lasted for six years — during which they had three children together — until November 2015, when the couple separated. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.