About Sebastien Anderson

As a recognized member of the law community, he is frequently invited to make presentations on a wide variety of topics to professional colleagues in law, to labour relations professionals and practitioners, and to union officers, stewards, and members. For more than 17 years he has participated in the Canadian Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral program to make access to justice more available and affordable.

Supreme Court Plays Trick or Treat with Unionized Employees’ Access to Justice

In a devastating decision for unionized employees, the Supreme Court stripped them of their access to justice by means of personally pursuing a human rights complaint against their employer to a statutory human rights tribunal. In Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks, the SCC granted the employee’s union the broad discretion whether or not to [...]

By |2021-10-26T10:48:22-07:00October 26th, 2021|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

Prohibited Practices Complaint Win for Labour Law Associates

Labour Rights Law associate lawyers Madeline Harden and Rebecca Jackson successfully prosecuted a “prohibited practices” complaint before WorkSafeBC (“WorkSafe”) against Dhot Enterprises doing business as Tri-City Animal Hospital in Port Coquitlam (the “Employer”). On 27 May 2021, a WorkSafeBC adjudicator (the “Adjudicator”) held that the Employer unlawfully demoted and then dismissed its former office manager/veterinary [...]

By |2021-06-03T11:19:45-07:00June 2nd, 2021|Health and Safety, Successful Advocacy|

Justice Ginsburg’s voice will be missed, but will never be silenced

I am heartbroken! Today the civilized World lost one of the greatest jurists of all time. Justice Ginsburg shattered the glass ceiling and led the way for women to be rightly and justly appointed to the Bar and then the Bench. While jurists and lawyers alike are generally conservative by nature, Ginsburg broke that mold. [...]

By |2020-11-16T12:27:47-08:00September 18th, 2020|The Firm|

Actions speak louder than words; Prime Minister Trudeau does not have time to listen to concerns about the RCMP unlawfully discriminating against disabled members of the RCMP!

Actions speak louder than words; Prime Minister Trudeau does not have time to listen to concerns about the RCMP unlawfully discriminating against disabled members of the RCMP! Meanwhile, we have heard nothing but the sound of crickets coming from Minister Ralph Goodale’s office, who were provided a copy of our correspondence to the Prime [...]

By |2020-06-11T15:07:07-07:00June 25th, 2019|Discrimination at Work, The Firm|

Hiring an Employment Discrimination Lawyer

In Canada, there are laws in place to prevent hiring discrimination on several grounds.  Discrimination is typically considered to be any prejudice against a person based on race or ethnicity, country of origin or citizenship, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, age, criminal record, marital status, disability, or family status.  As such, efforts related to employment recruitment [...]

By |2020-06-11T15:07:07-07:00June 20th, 2019|Discrimination at Work, The Firm|

Please join us in celebrating the grand office opening for Labour Rights Law

Please join us in celebrating the grand office opening for Labour Rights Law. Ribbon cutting will begin at 1:00 pm and Councillor Fred Hulbert of the Kwikwetlem First Nation will be attending to conduct a First Nation's Blessing Ceremony at 2:15 pm for our new innovative office space. Please drop in and meet our lawyers [...]

By |2020-06-11T15:08:57-07:00April 26th, 2019|The Firm|

What is Employment Insurance?

Employment Insurance, often referred to simply as EI in Canada is a type of benefit that provides individuals who are unable to work for various reasons with temporary income support.  Employment insurance in Canada is often broken down into various types of EI including regular benefits, self-employed benefits, sickness benefits, and benefits for seasonal workers.  [...]

By |2021-07-05T11:15:59-07:00April 18th, 2019|Loss of a Job|

Types of Workplace Discrimination

Types of workplace discrimination comes in many forms. Fortunately, we live in an era where companies, employers, and even employees are more sensitive to the myriad forms of discrimination and are also more likely to take steps to eliminate this insidious workplace behaviour. Still, despite the very simple definition of employment discrimination, it can be [...]

By |2021-05-13T10:53:17-07:00March 17th, 2019|Discrimination at Work, Successful Advocacy, The Firm|

The Importance of Wills and Estate Planning

It’s not the easiest reality to consider, but all of us will eventually face death.  When it comes to preparing for our inevitable end, many of us have already considered what will happen to our money, possessions, and remaining family when the time comes.  Uncomfortable as it is, the importance of wills and estate planning [...]

By |2021-01-19T16:57:39-08:00February 21st, 2019|The Firm|

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