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Employment Litigation

Your best outcome is our collective focus.

For Employees

When you face wrongful dismissal, workplace harassment, disability claims, human rights violations, severance disputes, WSIB claims, and more, we’ll fight for you.

You’re not alone. When you need to fight for your legal rights as an employee, we’ll stand with you and offer our resources, our support, and our expertise. As your relentless advocates, we’ll manage your employment-related issue with fairness, tact, and efficiency.

Employment litigation is highly personal and often emotional, but you can lean on us. As seasoned and compassionate lawyers, we’ll take the stress out of your complex situation, and we’ll guide you through the process with confidence and diligence.

At Williams Litigation, we are always ready to handle a range of employment matters, like wrongful dismissals, workplace harassment, disability claims, human rights violations, severance disputes, WSIB claims and more. We’re proud of our track record as successful advocates for employees at all levels of courts and tribunals.

When your professional and personal reputation is on the line, your best outcome is our collective focus.

For Employers

At Williams Litigation, we provide timely and pragmatic advice to navigate issues in the workplace.

We take the time to fully understand your business in order to head off litigation before it begins. When litigation is in play, you can depend on us to be your relentless advocates — we always work with the best interests of your business and your personal reputation in mind.


What are my rights as an employee?

Generally, as an employee, you will be given rights and protections under various legislations such as the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. However, the protections afforded to you may differ depending on your employer and job duties. It is important to contact a lawyer if you are unsure of what rights and protections you are entitled to.

I was just fired, what should I do?

You should contact a lawyer to see what your legal rights are. If your employer is pressuring you to sign something, it may be a good idea to seek legal advice about what you are being asked to sign. You may be entitled to more compensation than an employer is offering, and you should seek legal advice to determine whether your employer is complying with its obligations under the Employment Standards Act.

I was injured while I was working, can I sue my employer?

It depends. In Ontario we have Workplace Safety Insurance benefits (also referred to as Worker’s Compensation) that may provide you compensation for the workplace accident that occurred. However, there are times where these benefits, or the nature of your employment relationship, may prevent you from starting a lawsuit against your employer. It is very important to discuss workplace accidents with a lawyer to understand the intricate application of the law regarding workplace injuries.

I feel like my workplace is unsafe, what can I do?

Depending on who employs you and the nature of your employment relationship, the Occupational Health and Safety Act may provide you with protections against unsafe working environments. When it applies, this Act may give you such rights as the right to refuse work, or the right to require an inspection. It also may provide protections against workplace harassment. Contact a lawyer to get a full understanding of what protections you have against an unsafe work environment.

My employer just changed my responsibilities, are they allowed to do this?

It depends. A fundamental change in your responsibilities may be considered “constructive dismissal”. However, it is important to note that not every change in an employee’s job duties is considered a constructive dismissal. It is very important to contact a lawyer to see whether any changes to your job function or responsibilities is a fundamental change that results in a constructive dismissal.

What kind of compensation am I entitled to if I’m wrongfully dismissed?

If you have been wrongfully dismissed, employers may have an obligation to compensate you with notice pay and/or severance. Reasonable notice pay is geared to compensate an employee while she or he is searching for new employment. On the other hand, severance pay is an amount an employer pays an employee and acts like a “bonus” for previous years worked. To see whether you are entitled to either notice pay or severance, be sure to contact a lawyer who will advise you of your rights to compensation.


Recognized since 2006 in Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White)

Eric R. Williams

Ottawa, ON
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Recognized since 2006 in Best Lawyers in Canada, in the categories of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law (Woodward/White)

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for:

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Ottawa (2020)
  • Appellate Practice, Ottawa (2017)
  • Appellate Practice, Ottawa (2014)
  • Insurance Law, Ottawa (2013)
  • Insurance Law, Ottawa (2010)

Recognized since 2006, in The Best Lawyers in for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law

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