07/09/2015 11:23 EDT | Updated 07/09/2016 05:59 EDT

Supreme Court agrees to hear case of federal employee dismissed without cause

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will examine whether employees can be dismissed from their job without cause.

The high court granted leave to appeal in the case of man who was dismissed without cause by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in 2009 and given a severance package.

Joseph Wilson appealed successfully to the Federal Court of Canada after arguing that he had been unjustly dismissed under the Canada Labour Code.

The Federal Court of Appeal overturned that decision, so Wilson appealed to the Supreme Court.

As per its custom, the high court gave no reasons for why it agreed to hear the case.

The case will likely have implications for employers and non-unionized workers.