Wrongful Dismissal Settlement

Fired Durham employee Joel Nicholson has reached a settlement with the region for his wrongful dismissal over an innocent mistake in the way he collected back rent from social housing tenants.

Nicholson, who was seeking about $3.2 million in damages, couldn’t comment on the terms of the confidential agreement, reached almost two years after his firing in December, 2009.

But the Whitby father of two was all smiles as he left Oshawa court with his wife and lawyer on Monday morning. The region’s lawyer, Tom Moutsatsos, was also prohibited from discussing the case.

“I wouldn’t say I’m relieved or happy,” Moutsatsos said, “but it’s definitely over.”