The umbrella term “employment law” refers to a wide range of legal issues pertaining to the relationship between an employer and employee. It can be extremely challenging, particularly for larger employers, to navigate the landscape of overlapping, and in some cases seemingly contradictory, rights and regulations because both the provincial and federal governments have employment laws in place. Our Ottawa employment law firm handles all workplace-related issues.
Some of the issues our Ottawa Employment Law firm can assist with includes the following:
- Workplace safety
- Workplace investigations
- Wrongful terminations
- Severance packages
- Executive compensation
- Workplace harassment
- Drafting and review of employment agreements
- Violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code
Employees and people looking for work have certain legal rights and protections. The following are examples of employee grievances that typically result in lawsuits or legal complaints:
Discrimination: Gender discrimination, racial discrimination, religious discrimination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation are just a few of the potential causes of discrimination, which is one of the most common issues faced by current and potential employees.
Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment, which is typically regarded as a form of discrimination, occurs when an employee engages in sexually suggestive behaviour and/or speech that creates an atmosphere that hinders their ability to perform their duties effectively.
Harassment and Bullying – Bullying and harassment in the workplace must be investigated and addressed by employers. If an employee files a complaint or the employer has reason to believe that bullying or harassment is taking place in the workplace, they have certain responsibilities that, if not followed, could lead to serious issues.
Wrongful Termination: If an employee believes they were wrongfully terminated, they can sue their former employer. For instance, if there is evidence to suggest that they were fired due to their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or pregnancy.
At Achkar Law, we offer a wide range of legal services to both large and small employers. As an Ottawa employment law firm, Achkar Law believes that it is often best to address issues before they become significant and threaten your organization’s health. We assist with a wide range of employment-related issues in the workplace, including but not limited to:
- Employment contracts
- Compensation and benefits agreements
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Agreements with independent contractors
- Workplace health and safety issues
- Developing workplace practices and policies
- Layoffs, dismissals, large-scale terminations and more
As a result, we take great care to tailor our approach to your company’s unique characteristics and needs. Achkar Law is here to assist you when you need an Ottawa employment law firm on your side.
Our lawyers at Achkar Law are happy to discuss your workplace issues with you, whether you are an employee or an employer.
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