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About Fathima Cader
Fathima Cader is a lawyer, academic, and writer.
Fathima was co-counsel on the unionization of delivery drivers servicing Amazon in Toronto. She was also union-side counsel on the first organizing drives of Islamic schools in Ontario. She also represents students facing discrimination in post-secondary education. Her legal research interests include prison law, with a special interest in the growing incarceration of women. She is currently a Visiting Professor/McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
- Employment and Labour Law: Cader Law works with unions, workers, and non-profits to bring fairness to the workplace. Our areas of litigation and settlement expertise include representing unions and workers with union organizing drives and certifications, unfair labour practice complaints, grievances, arbitrations, and human rights applications. We also represent non-unionized workers facing wrongful terminations and/or discrimination in their workplaces. As well, we assist employers with workplace investigations and with drafting and reviewing contracts and policies.
- Education Law: Cader Law represents students fighting to make colleges and universities accessible, including on the basis of mental health and disability. We also conduct trainings and workshops for universities, colleges, and other educational institutions on the duty to accommodate.
- Human Rights Law: Cader Law assists individuals who have faced discrimination in services, goods, facilities, and housing. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, gender, or ability, among other grounds.
Recent Significant Reported 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.
Forthcoming or Recent Legal Talks and Events
- 2019: quoted in "I went undercover as an Amazon delivery driver. Here’s what I learned about the hidden costs of free shipping," The Star.
- 2019: quoted in "Legal aid cuts will clog Ontario's already crowded courts, lawyers warn," CBC.
- 2019: live radio interview for “Look ahead to housing in the budget. Gender wage gap,” CBC.
- 2018: quoted in "He died after guards beat and pepper-sprayed him, according to video. The province refuses to release the footage, citing labour relations," The Star.
- 2017: quoted in “Teachers' union blames Toronto Islamic high school closure on 'anti-union animus,' files labour complaint,” CBC.
- 2017: quoted in "Teachers set up new Islamic school after old one abruptly closes," The Star.
- 2015: quoted in “Controversies put lots on plate for Muslim women lawyers,” LawTimes.
Recent Academic Appointments
- 2020: Visiting Professor/McMurtry Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
- 2019: Visiting Professor, Beyond Identity Program, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York, City University of New York.
- 2014-ongoing: Sessional Instructor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.
- 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.
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