Hi, I’m Fathima. I’m a public interest lawyer.
I work with unions, workers, and non-profits to bring fairness to the workplace. My areas of expertise include representing unions and workers with organizing drives, grievance arbitration, wrongful dimissals, and human rights applications.
I assist employers with workplace investigations, and with drafting and reviewing contracts and policies.
I represent students fighting to make colleges and universities accessible, including on the basis of mental health and disability.
I advocate for prisoners, because justice should mean more than throwing people behind bars.
I am an adjunct professor, literary writer, media commentator, and sometimes I tweet.
I am taking new clients - contact info below.
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Recent Significant Decisions
- Michelle Taschner v United Food & Commercial Workers Canada 175 & 633, 2018 CanLII 11112 (ON LRB): I represented the respondent union, and successfully argued that a union decertification application should be dismissed on the basis of improper employer involvement.
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Locals 175 and 633 v Stedfasts Inc., 2018 CanLII 7588 (ON LRB): I represented the applicant union. I successfully argued that an employer who had allegedly terminated an employee for leading a union drive at his workplace should reinstate that employee on an interim basis. The employer is a courier company that delivers packages for Amazon. This case later escalated into Canada's first ever lawsuit against Amazon for anti-union animus. For media coverage on the ongoing Amazon lawsuit, see: "Labour complaint against Amazon Canada alleges workers who tried to unionize were fired," CBC, January 2019.
Recent Media Appearances
- Alexander J Cohen Memorial Award in Law, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, 2012.
- Marlee G. Kline Essay Award, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, 2012.
- South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia Scholarship, 2011.