Our firm acts for complainants, respondents and organizations in a number of high profile sexual harassment and civil sexual abuse cases. In recent times, complainants have come forward with current and historical allegations of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct in a variety of workplace, entertainment and political settings. Respondents are deeply concerned about their privacy, their reputations and the fairness of allegations that may play out in social media and legal channels. Organizations need guidance on the variety of civil, regulatory and criminal avenues engaged. We have obtained excellent results on an early and confidential basis for our many complainant and respondent clients. We are also experienced in litigating such claims in court and before tribunals where necessary.
The Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulator of lawyers and paralegals in the province, retained the firm to provide a legal opinion on various recommendations to address discrimination and systemic barriers faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals in the legal professions. The legal opinion, presented to the Benchers, determined that the recommendations were not inconsistent with the Law Society Act, Human Rights Code or Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On December 2, 2016, the Law Society adopted all 13 of its Working Group’s recommendations: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/racialized-licensees/
Andrew Pinto and Jonas Granofsky successfully defended a day care operation that was the subject of a human rights application alleging discrimination on the basis of disability. The application was dismissed when the Tribunal determined that the employee had not requested any specific accommodations for her medical condition and had, in fact, resigned from employment: Gonzalez v. Cudley Corners Child Care Centre Vaughan Ltd., 2016 HRTO 900 (CanLII): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2016/2016hrto900/2016hrto900.html?autocompleteStr=cudl&autocompletePos=1
No Contracting out of Limitations Act, 2002 for Group LTD Policies: Ontario Court of Appeal
Kassburg v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
, 2014 ONCA 922, a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal released on December 29, 2014, represents a big win for Long Term Disability (“LTD”) claimants and provides much needed clarity on the law of limitation periods applicable to group LTD insurance contracts in Ontario.
and Niiti Simmonds
of Pinto Wray James LLP and Geoffrey Larmer of Larmer Stickland PC were co-counsel and successfully argued the case for the plaintiff and respondent, Karen Kassburg before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. More >>
Thanks to the work of Andrew Wray
, the Executive Director of the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (“OPTVA”) won his bid to be classified as a “senior officer” within his police force.
Last year, our client brought an application under s. 116 of the Police Services Act to become a member of the Niagara Regional Police Senior Officers’ Association. Andrew Wray argued his case before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, an independent oversight agency which carries out a number of adjudicative duties such as determining the status of police service members. More >>
Our client underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor and required the use of her employer’s group plan long-term disability insurance benefits to recover. After a failed attempt to return to work, the insurer denied her claim for long-term disability benefits. More >>
Our client is an individual living with chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic sinusitis, which prevents him from working. He was denied Canada Pension Plan disability benefits and lost his first appeal to the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. More >>
Our client was in receipt of long-term disability benefits that were arbitrarily cut off by her insurer. We commenced a law suit on behalf of our client against her disability insurer for both breach of contract and negligence. More >>
A young family with two special-needs children came to us with an ongoing disability accommodation dispute with a large school board. The children were removed from their local school by the Board’s decision. As more time passed with the dispute in a stalemate the children were in danger of losing their school year. After we brought an emergency injunction application on behalf of our clients we were able to negotiate a resolution with the school board that saw the children returned to their local school.
Our client was an injured worker who had been fired from his job for alleged misconduct after he had made a request for disability accommodation in the workplace. More >>
Our client was an injured worker who did all the right things – she filed a WSIB claim, she cooperated with her doctors, with her employer, and with the WSIB, for the purposes of returning to work. Although our client did the right things, her employer still suspended her indefinitely without pay, claiming that she could not be accommodated with her injuries. More >>
Our clients were homeowners who were surprised to learn of their neighbours’ plan to erect a large and unsightly structure in their rear yard. More >>
Our clients were a couple who had been tricked into parting with their hard-earned money by an unscrupulous time-share operation. More >>
Our client was a young man who suffered from a rare genetic disorder. He was unable to work, yet the Government denied his application for a disability pension. More >>
Our client was a Muslim woman who was suspended from work after complaining about racial and religious discrimination that she experienced. More >>
Our clients were internet entrepreneurs who had established a very popular social networking tool. They became involved in a libel and slander suit based on comments and statements posted by users of their software. More >>
Our client was a victim of gender discrimination. She worked in a male-dominated field and was harassed by her supervisor. More >>
Our client was a top employee with a large company. While she was on maternity leave, her employer sent her a notice of termination claiming that she was part of a mass lay-off. More >>
Our client was a very productive sales person for a mid-size media company. She was terminated, but her backlog of orders continued to flow into the company. More >>
Our client was a successful sales person who discovered that he had a mental disability. He told his employer about his disability asking for accommodation, and was then fired a few months later for alleged performance reasons. More >>
Our client developed a severe disability and was forced to take time off from her job. Our client, like many disabled workers, thought that she would be protected against income loss by the disability insurance she had through her employer. More >>
Our client was gifted a recreational property 12 years prior to the eruption of a bitter family dispute. Specifically, a family member proceeded to take possession of the property by force and effectively barred our client from attending at or occupying the property. More >>
Our client’s inspection station licence was revoked by the Ministry of Transportation. More >>