Andrew Astritis

Andrew works to advance the law in areas that will benefit workers and vulnerable groups. He represents unions in the federal public sector and elsewhere and has extensive experience in judicial review and appellate litigation. Andrew has been involved in leading cases on the duty to accommodate family status, essential services, public service pension litigation, and the collective rights of workers under the Charter. Andrew also represented current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces in a historic class action regarding sexual misconduct in the military, which resulted in a $900 million settlement. He has appeared before labour arbitrators, administrative tribunals, and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Andrew is a part-time professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches an advanced labour law seminar. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences on a range of legal issues. Andrew previously served as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice John Evans at the Federal Court of Appeal.

NOTABLE CASES

  • Fraser v Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28 [represented intervener in landmark adverse impact discrimination case under section 15 of the Charter]
  • Heyder v Canada (Attorney General), 2019 FC 1477 [settlement for current and former members of Canadian Armed Forces and employees of the Department of National Defence who experienced gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault]
  • McIlvenna v Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), 2019 FC 1610 [ruling setting aside Canadian Human Rights Commission decision and directing the Commission to refer the complaint to the Tribunal]
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada v Treasury Board (Department of Citizenship and Immigration), 2018 FPSLREB 74 [the employer breached the collective agreement by failing to establish a “voluntary program” when it relocated the Vegreville immigration case processing centre to Edmonton]
  • Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4 [represented intervener in ruling recognizing a constitutional right to strike under section 2(d) of the Charter]
  • Mounted Police Association of Ontario v Attorney General of Canada, 2015 SCC 1 [represented intervener in appeal recognizing that section 2(d) of the Charter requires independence and choice in selecting worker associations]
  • Canada (Attorney General) v Johnstone, 2014 FCA 110; Fiona Ann Johnstone v Canada Border Service Agency, 2010 CHRT 20 [ruling confirming requirement that employers accommodate the family obligations of their employees]
  • Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba Inc v Manitoba Telecom Services Inc, 2014 SCC 11 [ruling that $43 million surplus that existed when Manitoba Telecom Services was privatized belonged to workers]
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada v Statistical Survey Operations, 2014 PSLRB 83 [preliminary decision that ultimately led to $45 million pay equity settlement for interviewers and senior interviewers at SSO]
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada v. Canada Post Corporation, 2011 SCC 57 [$150 million pay equity ruling reinstating decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal]

 

Fathima Cader

YEAR OF CALL: 2014

Education

  • 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

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • 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.

Geoff Dunlop

Geoff Dunlop articled at the firm’s Ottawa office before joining the Kingston office as an Associate in 2020. He practices in the areas of labour, employment, administrative law and disability benefits. He advises clients regarding wrongful dismissal, severance packages, discrimination, and disability claims. He also represents unions and their members in grievance arbitrations and before labour boards.

Geoff believes strongly that working people in all sectors deserve high quality advocacy. He pursued his passion for advocacy at law school, where he won a National Labour Arbitration Competition in his second year, before coaching the team in his third year. He also completed a specialized research project on the use of psychometric and neuroscientific testing in legal proceedings.

Geoff enjoys staying active and trying new sports in his spare time. You might find him exploring Frontenac County in his canoe, kayak, or parachute.