• 2012 J.D, University of British Columbia
  • 2008 M.A., English, University of Toronto
  • 2007 B.A. Honours, English, with Distinction, Queen’s University
  • 2006 B.Sc. Life Sciences, with Distinction, Queen’s University


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Fathima Cader is based in the firm’s Toronto office. She practises labour, employment, and human rights law.

Fathima has expertise in a wide range of workplace law issues, including union drives (of which she is especially fond), unfair labour practice complaints, collective agreement bargaining, grievances, decertification applications, and human rights accommodations. To that end, she has frequently appeared before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, among other courts and tribunals. As well, she has represented post-secondary students facing accommodation issues at their educational institutions. She has also assisted organizational clients with policy drafting, proactive training, and alternative dispute resolution.

Fathima has served as a Visiting Professor at the City University of New York and a Visiting Professor/McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She often serves as a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, where she has taught Access to Justice, Race and the Law, and Feminist Legal Theory.

Fathima holds a Marlee G. Kline Essay Award from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law for her research on R v NS, the first case from the Supreme Court of Canada to address the rights of Muslim women who wear veils and are witnesses in court proceedings. Her academic writing has appeared in the peer-reviewed law journal Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. She was also a columnist for the Law Times. She is regularly asked for media commentary on evolving legal issues.

Fathima has conversational fluency in Arabic and Tamil, is perpetually striving to be better at both, and hopes to one day say the same about Spanish.

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