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Toronto Employment Lawyers

Toronto Employment Lawyers

We are a select group of Toronto employment lawyers who exclusively represent employees.

This has been our specialty for over 35 years.

Have you ever given up your seat on the subway or held the door open for a disabled person? Society upholds these values of goodwill, generosity and honesty. Should your employer not follow the same standards of fair play?

Our Team of Employment Lawyers Believe They Should 

Bram A. Lecker - Toronto Employment Lawyer
Bram A. Lecker, B.A. LL.B.

Principal

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 and steady hand to his stellar team.

Andrew Jenssen: “From day one Bram Lecker put me at ease during what was a very stressful time. Matthew Fisher was clear and confident from the outset, never hesitating or waivering for a moment in his belief and certainty on how to handle my situation. He did a truly wonderful job looking after me. Then there was Eslita who was just plain wonderful at keeping me up to date every step of the way. I have been more than satisfied. Especially when I consider that two of the other firms I considered during my research, prior to making my decision to ultimately go with Lecker, did not even want to take on my case. Well done and thank you to a great team.”

Matthew A. Fisher - Employment Lawyer Toronto
Matthew A. Fisher, B.A. LL.B.

Partner

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.

Ian Hurley | Toronto Employment Lawyer
Ian D. Hurley, B.A. LL.B.

Partner

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 as well as disputes related to workplace accommodation following sick leave.

Maria Esmatyar - Toronto Employment Lawyer
Maria Esmatyar, B.A.(Hons.), J.D.

Associate

A staunch defender of employee rights including workplace harassment and toxic workplace disputes, Maria Esmatyar is multilingual, well traveled and able to represent a diverse client base. She is also a keen writer, regularly contributing to our blogs.

Jordan Reiner | Toronto Employment Lawyer
Jordan Reiner, B.A., M.A., LL.B.

Associate

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.

Jared Lecker | Toronto Employment Lawyer
Jared Lecker, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B

Junior Associate

Jared Lecker is a fierce employee’s advocate. He is supportive when counseling clients with their employment contract negotiations and meticulously argues for them against human rights violations, wrongful & constructive dismissal.

Kim Sebag | Toronto Employment Lawyer
Kimberley Sebag, B.A., B.C.L., LL.B.

Junior Associate

Kimberley Sebag joined Lecker & Associates after articling with organisations that managed diversion programming for youth. Today, Kim has pivoted her practice to focus on defending the rights of Ontario workers, including, harassment and wrongful dismissal.

Simon Pelsmakher | Toronto Employment Lawyer
Simon Pelsmakher, B.A. (Hons.), JD

Junior Associate

Simon Pelsmakher articled with Lecker & Associates before joining the firm. He has a strong passion for defending employee rights.  Fluent in English and Russian, Simon represents clients in wrongful dismissal, contract negotiations and human rights violations.

Jeff Weber: “Fantastic realistic expectations were provided by the lawyers of Lecker and Associates. They never oversold expectations, but kept the approach balanced and appropriate. Staff were extremely friendly and understanding.” – Jeff Weber

Baljeet Bassi: “I’m very impressed with Lecker and Associates. They were able to seamlessly and efficiently handle my case. Will definitely refer them to my friends and family.”

Caroline Ursulak - Lecler & Associates
Caroline Ursulak

Caroline Ursulak has 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

Sandi Chan: “Highly recommended for anyone questioning whether they are receiving a fair severance when leaving an employer. They communicate expectations and timelines from the start and ensure that all of your questions and requests are responded to in timely manner. More importantly, they delivered on the results expected!”

We Exclusively Represent Employees

Unlike many firms, our Toronto Employment lawyers have a singular focus. We provide employment law services exclusively to Ontario workers and operate with deep expertise in this field.


Our employment lawyers regularly litigate precedent setting cases, adding clarity to laws which previously remained open to interpretation. Our cases have directly influenced laws drafted to protect human and employee rights.

Toronto Employment Lawyers

Our specialty includes any area of employment and disability benefits law, such as wrongful dismissal, job layoffsseverance and notice calculationsdenied disability benefits, constructive dismissal, disputes following maternity leave and illness leaves along with harassment and human rights abuses, to name a few.

With 35+ years of experience under our belt, we aggressively advocate for you. Our first order of duty is to take care of your stress and address the challenges you face with your employers, heads-on. When we take on your case, we represent your best interest,and nothing else.

F.A.Qs

Every case we manage is unique and distinctive to the circumstances of the client. But we see a common theme in all. Our clients lack knowledge about their rights as employees. Let’s change this to level the playing field.

Can my employer ask me to sign an employment contract that suggests I can be let go at will ?

Employees applying for jobs at Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. corporations should review their employment contracts closely.  We often find at will termination clauses which supposedly allow employers to fire employees without notice.  First of all, our laws completely prohibit such clauses . In this matter, there is little room for a Canadian employer to maneuver. They must offer notice or severance pay in lieu to employees.  If you must sign such a contract to land the job, consult with one of our lawyers.  In almost all cases, our courts will consider the clause void when taken to trial.

Am I entitled to my old job when I return from disability or maternity leave?

You remain an employee of the company when you are on disability leave or parental leave. You may return to your original or one comparable to it. Your employer cannot fire you for being on leave. And if they do, then they must prove that it was for reasons unconnected to your leave. Our courts will demand evidence and the bar is set very high, indeed.
 
If your leave extends beyond two years, your employer can fire you by declaring the employment relationship “frustrated”. And in this event, you should consult with one of our lawyers.

How much severance am I entitled to when my employer lets me go?


When your employer decides to let you go they must offer you fair notice that your job is ending. You can use this time to look for alternative work while earning a salary.
 
Alternatively, your employer can offer you severance pay in lieu of this notice period.  The Employment Standards Act outlines the minimum standards for notice and severance pay. However, if your employer terminates you without cause, then you could be entitled to more than the minimum. The circumstances of your employment come into play to determine the fairness of your severance package, such as your age, your position, length of service and how long it will take you to find another job. If you are close to retirement and at a senior point in your career, chances are you will find some challenges to land an equivalent job any time soon. And in this case, your severance should be much higher than the minimum. Contact us before you sign any termination contract to ensure you don’t leave money behind.

If my employer changes my job description or pay, do I have to accept it?

This sometimes occurs when new owners take over a company with existing employees.  They start announcing the “new order” and all of a sudden the terms of your employment change.  This includes seniority, job descriptions, location and hours of employment, etc.   It may even include wage cuts.  If these changes are necessary for the survival of the business then your boss has to provide you with options.  He cannot unilaterally change the terms of your employment.
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.

My employer has hired me as a “contractor” but I perform the same job as an employee. Is this legal?

This is one of the most contentious employment issues of our times. Lecker & Associates fought a precedent setting case which clarified laws that remained open to interpretation before. If you are a true “Independent Contractor”, then you must remain fully in control over your work assignments.  Essentially, you would operate like a business. Many project based contractors operate in this manner. They pay their own taxes and generally use their own resources (tools & equipment, etc.); they can set their own hours and also hire employees to complete portions of the work. Often, fees charged by contractors are higher than wages for hourly employees.
Any other type of arrangement is likely that of a “dependent contractor”. They may be skirting the law. They might be avoiding paying out your CPP, EI and severance benefits. Contact one of our lawyers for an assessment of your case.

Employment Law Services

Read more about the full range of services we offer. Our experience allows us to handle almost any type of case, no matter how difficult.

Employee Rights Blogs

Be informed of your rights with our blogs. Written by our Employment Lawyers, we update them regularly, featuring issues that impact employees daily.

About Legal Fees

Legal fees should never deter any employee from seeking justice. A qualified staff member will conduct a complimentary initial assessment.

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