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Employment Law Services in Toronto

Employment Law Services in Toronto

For Employees of Ontario

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Employment Law Services

Lecker & Associates is one of Toronto’s leading employment law firms serving clients across Ontario. Unlike many other employment law firms, our team of highly experienced Toronto employment lawyers focus on representing the right of employees. We are here to represent you, not your employer.

Our lawyers are experienced negotiators and litigators. We represent employees in restructurings, wrongful dismissals, for-cause termination, workplace investigations, layoffs, constructive dismissals, unjust dismissals, long-term disability, and human rights matters.

We provide employment law services for employees of Ontario.

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We have represented thousands of terminated employees to assist them in obtaining the severance packages that they are entitled to. We level the playing field in severance negotiations and litigation by providing you with knowledgeable and fierce advocacy to obtain your fair and lawful entitlements.

We level this playing field

Our results speak for themselves. We are one of the most highly ranked employment law firms in Ontario on Google, receiving hundreds of 5-star reviews from satisfied clients. 

Client Testimonials

  • Anyone who has lost their job can understand how emotional the situation can be. It is critical to have a legal team that not only understands your entitlements under Canadian... read more

    Andrew Wooldridge Avatar Andrew Wooldridge

    Anyone who has lost their job can understand how emotional the situation can be. It is critical to have a legal team that not only understands your entitlements under Canadian... read more

    Andrew Wooldridge Avatar Andrew Wooldridge
  • Lecker & Associates is on POINT. From my first call to their quick follow up they were great. They connected me Ian Hurley the time spent with him was so... read more

    Samantha Renée Avatar Samantha Renée

    After working for a company for 34 plus years a friend recommended Maria Esmatyar from Lecker & Associates to review my severance package. Faced with this unexpected turn in... read more

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  • After working for a company for 34 plus years a friend recommended Maria Esmatyar from Lecker & Associates to review my severance package. Faced with this unexpected turn in... read more

    A&N Iacobellis Avatar A&N Iacobellis

    Jared was very attentive and always quick to respond to emails. The firm got me the results that I wanted for my case. Highly recommend Lecker Law and Associates

    Steven “Goober” Kazavchinski Avatar Steven “Goober” Kazavchinski
  • Working with Ian and Nathan was a great experience. Their help was critical in bringing my case to an amicable resolution. Very positive experience.

    Nasir Khan Avatar Nasir Khan

    Highly recommend this firm. So incredibly professional, knowledgeable and highly qualified individuals. Excellent experience!

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  • I was recommended to call Lecker & Associates by a co-worker who had used them. From the first moment I called, my case was given to Kimberley Sebag B.A., B.C.L.,... read more

    Shari LeDrew Avatar Shari LeDrew

    Connecting with Maria Esmatyar was extremely helpful, as she provided solid guidance which gave me confidence to make important decisions. She has a professional team who responded promptly and... read more

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  • Thank God that I called Lecker and Associates to discuss my work situation . Maria Esmatyar worked on my case and it has been an exceptionally a blessed experience... read more

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    I recently had the pleasure of working with Maria Esmatyar and Jassanthy Pakirisamy. Their professionalism, expertise, and communication were exceptional. Maria achieved a favourable outcome and showed genuine care for... read more

    David Thibodeau Avatar David Thibodeau
  • Ian and Nathan at Lecker & Associates helped me through this rather tough stage of my employment. Ian explained all what to expect and the timeline. I was able to... read more

    Peter Niit Avatar Peter Niit

    Outstanding lawyers. I have known Bram for over thirty years. All my referrals are extremely happy with the quality of legal representation and results. Highly recommend this law... read more

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  • Ian Hurley and Nathan Whittingham are the focused, empathetic and driven people that you want on your team when it comes to asserting your rights in front of your employer.... read more

    Michelle Kojder Avatar Michelle Kojder

    My experience with Lecker & Associates was first class. Maria and her team (esp. Jass) were incredibly knowledgeable, courteous and professional when dealing with me. Further, Maria really seems... read more

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  • From start to finish, the experience I had with Jared Lecker and his team was flawless. As a first-time client, I didn’t know what to expect, but Jared made sure... read more

    Amelia Junop Avatar Amelia Junop

    From start to finish, the experience I had with Jared Lecker and his team was flawless. As a first-time client, I didn’t know what to expect, but Jared made sure... read more

    Amelia Junop Avatar Amelia Junop
  • I was highly impressed with Lecker & Associates, especially Jordan Reiner. He was professional, responsive, thorough, and determined throughout my case. Jordan's support, knowledge, and patience made me feel he... read more

    Qi “Lauren” Pan Avatar Qi “Lauren” Pan

    Highly competent employment law firm. I would recommend Matthew Fisher as a knowledgeable, meticulous, and effective counsel, who genuinely cares about his clients. Eslita, the admin is also very competent... read more

    Vahe Makdessian Avatar Vahe Makdessian

Our lawyers have argued a number of leading cases that have advanced employee rights in Ontario. Our commentary and cases regularly appear in media across the country including the Globe and Mail, CTV News, CBC News, the Toronto Star, the Financial Post, and CP24, where we regularly appeared on the weekly series “Ask a Lawyer”.

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Wrongful Dismissal

If you are terminated from your job, and you did not commit serious wilful misconduct, you are entitled to compensation from your employer. Usually, this comes in the form of a “severance package” where the employer offers you an amount in exchange for your signature. Finding yourself in this circumstance can be one of the most vulnerable and difficult times that an employee can face in their career.

Fortunately, as an employee in Ontario, you have substantial rights to income protection following a termination of employment. The key is to both understand your rights, and 

What is meant by “wrongful dismissal” is that the employer failed to advise you that you are about to lose your job, not that the job loss was wrong. The employer legally must notify you that your job is going to end and if they fail to do that, pay you out the equivalent sum including all of its components of your remuneration. If your employer has not fulfilled these obligations or provides a lowball offer, they can be sued for wrongful dismissal. Our Toronto employment lawyers are on the cutting-edge of employment law litigation and will masterfully advocate for you from start to finish.

Pregnancy, Maternity and Parental Leave

If you want to pause your career and take time to care for a new family, employment laws guarantee job security. These types of leaves away from work for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents occur during and after pregnancy. As a result, you are entitled to have your original job back and any benefits previously owed. If your job has been made redundant, you are entitled to a similar position with the same salary. If your employers do not return you to your role, make negative comments or even dismiss you from your job because of pregnancy or parental leave, hire an employment lawyer immediately. We will help decide what legal avenue is best for your case via a human rights claim, the Ministry of Labour or a wrongful dismissal suit.

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Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is illegal in Ontario. We introduced legislation specifically to address and eradicate it in 2009. You have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace. When left unchecked, workplace harassment can escalate to violence. It can cause mental or physical health problems and lead to staff absences. At its peak, it can result in a toxic workplace and constructive dismissal. This type of behaviour benefits nobody and there is no reason whatsoever for your employer to stand by and do nothing about it. If you are in this situation, then you need our employment lawyers to step in to educate your employer.

Job Layoffs

Job layoffs can be temporary, consecutive or shams. It is normally illegal to tell a worker “don’t come into work for a few weeks” without pay. Frequently, employers do not comply with the governing law on layoffs. They will let employees go hoping they will forget about their job and their severance. Temporary job layoffs must be communicated with a return date. When this is not done, we call it a sham layoff because it can be grounds for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Sham or bogus layoffs are when employers keep employees in a cycle of ‘hired’ or ‘temporarily fired’ to avoid severance payouts. If this sounds like your situation, call us as soon as possible at 416-223-5391 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. The longer the delay in protesting this job layoff, the more difficult it comes.

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Denied Disability Benefit Claims

After years of working for an employer, you may suffer from an injury or illness brought on by physical or mental strain. You cannot work anymore, so you apply for income replacement benefits via the employer’s group insurance benefits while you try to recover. Insurance companies then decide your application as to whether you are actually disabled. They will game the system by denying you benefits because of the profit incentives from the premiums they charge. If this happens to you, we know it is an extremely frustrating and confusing system to navigate alone. Our lawyers will bring insurance companies to the negotiating table, greatly ease the stress involved and allow you to focus on your recovery.

Constructive Dismissal

Also known as “Quiet firing/quitting”, or a ‘toxic’ workplace, constructive dismissal is when your employer makes major changes to the terms and conditions of your employment. The intent is to get a worker to quit or resign as employees who quit in Canada are not entitled to income protection. This is precipitated by some material change in employment terms or the development of an unbearable working environment. Bully bosses, removal of sales territory or demotion to a humiliating role fall into this category. Other conditions like unilateral changes to aspects of compensation with little to no warning or workplace harassment are grounds for alleging constructive dismissal. The variables of these changes and types of workplaces are endless, but it requires a court to find it impossible for you to work under those changed conditions. If this sounds like your situation, contact the employment lawyers at Lecker & Associates before quitting or sending a nasty e-mail to your boss. We work hard to resolve your legal problems, which require a delicate approach we have great familiarity with.

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Contract Workers’ Rights

The law imposes a multitude of obligations on employers in the event they have an employee. To avoid those obligations, employers will purposely misclassify, contract and pay you like an independent contractor (who do not receive any employment benefits). A misclassification of employment status is unlawful and your employer can be fined or sued for misclassifying your role, regardless of what the paper you signed (or did not sign) says your relationship is. Our law firm has been critical in establishing a middle contractor or what is called “Dependent contractors” who rely heavily on an employer for approximately 45% of their income. Our team of legal specialists will simplify the law here and counsel you to get the compensation you deserve.

Severance Negotiations

C-level employees, executives and managers have components to their remuneration including incentives, equities and bonuses that companies are loathed to pay in a dismissal. Our employment lawyers are masters in maximizing your severance package and litigating where negotiated settlement falls short. We offer highly competitive rates and unparalleled litigators.

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We Can Help

Awareness of Your Rights Offers You The Power to Level The Playing Field With Your Employer.

Employment Law Services in Toronto

The expert employment lawyers at Lecker & Associates have over 35 years of experience advocating for employee rights and denied disability benefits.

Call us at 416-223-5391 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.