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Lawsuit against UNBC withdrawn by mutual consent

Legal action had alleged wrongful dismissal

A wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed against the University of Northern British Columbia by a former employee is no longer before the court.

An order was filed June 23 stating that the proceeding has been dismissed by consent of both parties.

It further states that it be without costs to any party and that the dismissal "be the same as if made following a trial of the claim on its merits."

In October 2020, Heather Sanford filed a notice of claim alleging she was dismissed from her position as the university secretary in March 2020 because she blew the whistle on alleged improper conduct by the university's upper management.

In a response filed a month later, UNBC denied the claim saying she was let go to help deal with a $3.5 million budget shortfall at the university. 

Both UNBC and Sanford declined to comment on whether an out-of-court settlement had been reached. In an e-mail, Sanford limited her reply to saying the matter has been settled and that she has signed a non-disclosure agreement, "so I am not able to comment further. "

UNBC spokesperson Matt Wood said the university can't speak to the matter.