Toronto Employment Lawyers
Our experienced team of employment lawyers specialize in all areas of employment and disability benefits law. We have the experience, knowledge and skills to handle challenges that often surface in relationships between employees and their employers. For well over 35 years, our Toronto employment lawyers have regularly litigated precedent setting cases, successfully adding clarity to laws which previously remained open to interpretation.
Bram A. Lecker, B.A. LL.B.
As Principal of Lecker & Associates, Bram Lecker is one of the most experienced employment lawyers in Toronto. He actively plays a role in all client cases primarily as a mentor to his stellar team.
Matthew A. Fisher, B.A. LL.B.
A seasoned litigator and Partner, Matthew Fisher comes with a reputation of excellence in employment law. Taking the lead in precedent setting cases, he has clarified laws which previously remained ambiguous.
Maria Esmatyar, B.A.(Hons.), J.D.
A staunch defender of employee rights including workplace harassment and toxic workplace disputes, Maria Esmatyar is a keen and knowledgeable writer, regularly contributing to our blogs.
Ian D. Hurley, B.A. LL.B.
If you’ve had your disability benefits denied, Ian Hurley is the employment lawyer you want on your side. His vast experience spans wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal as well as disputes related to workplace accommodation following sick leave.
Jordan Reiner, B.A., M.A., LL.B.
Jordan Reiner is uniquely skilled in demystifying legal jargon. He takes the lead on counselling clients with their employment contract negotiations and aggressively advocates for them against human rights violations, wrongful & constructive dismissals.
Caroline Ursulak has her own firm and practiced labour law since 1997. She has successfully negotiated severance & notice disputes, litigated wrongful and constructive dismissal cases and advises client in all areas of employment law
We Exclusively Represent Employees
Unlike many firms, our Toronto Employment lawyers have a singular focus. We provide employment law services exclusively to the employees of Ontario and we operate with deep expertise in this field. Our clients are generally under a lot of stress when they seek out our services. We clearly understand this and treat you with professionalism, sensitivity and tact. Our first order of duty is to take care of that stress. Therefore, when we take on your case we represent your best interest and nothing else.
Our team of Toronto employment lawyers specialize in wrongful dismissal, job layoffs, severance and notice calculations, denied disability benefits, constructive dismissal disputes following maternity leave and illness leaves along with harassment and many other aspects of employment law. We know how to handle these cases extremely well.
We’ve been doing this for over 35 years.
Top 5 Employment Law Questions
Every case we manage at Lecker & Associates is unique and distinctive to the circumstances of the client. But we see a common theme in almost all our clients – a lack of knowledge about their rights as employees. We want to change this. Educating our clients arms them with enough power to level the playing field with their employers. Here are the most common questions our Toronto employment lawyers receive:
My employer has hired me as a contractor but I perform the same job as an employee. Is this legal?
How much severance am I entitled to when my employer lets me go?
Can my employer ask me to sign an employment contract that suggests I can be let go at will?
Am I entitled to my old job when I return from disability or maternity leave?
If my employer changes my job description or pay, do I have to accept it?
- In exchange for the wage cut, they should offer you equivalent “consideration”. Examples are more vacation time, signing bonuses, reduced hours, etc.
- If these changes are not acceptable to you, then your employer must offer you an adequate severance package to end your employment relationship.
- Wrongful Dismissal 40%
- Disability Claims 25%
- Job Layoffs 20%
- Maternity Leave 10%
- Workplace Harassment 5%
Legal fees should never deter you from obtaining your lawful entitlements. Our initial assessment of your situation will be free. In the vast majority of cases, we do not require a retainer up-front. Instead, we charge a percentage of the settlement we obtain for you. When you engage us to work for you, we always begin the relationship with a Service Commitment letter which outlines what we will do for you, along with the corresponding fee. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this openly and frankly. In addition, Revenue Canada allows you to deduct most legal fees incurred for an employment matter when you file your income taxes.
The last 45 years have seen relentless reform in employment law for non-unionized workers in Canada. However, the last decade has also witnessed a rise in precarious employment. Seemingly, our progressive laws have done little to curtail the daily stream of complaints we hear. Learn more about the employment law services we provide.