Sarah C. Crossley
Sarah Crossley practises exclusively employment and labour law, advising and representing employers in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Ms. Crossley advises employers on a variety of employment and labour matters, including terminations, human rights and disability management, collective agreement administration, employment agreements, policy development, discipline and discharge. She regularly acts as employer counsel in wrongful dismissal litigation, grievance arbitrations and human rights proceedings.
Ms. Crossley is a frequent speaker in employment and labour matters. In addition, she regularly provides seminars and training for clients on a variety of matters, including human rights, harassment, discrimination, and effective workplace management. She also conducts workplace investigations.
Year of call
LL.B., University of Windsor, 1997
B.A.(Hons.), Western University, 1994
Selected client work
Ms. Crossley has recently provided employment and labour advice to the following clients and/or represented them in the matters described:
- A large integrated steel and mining company, including successfully having a matter dismissed at Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal
- An integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated free paper and softwood lumber supplier, including representation at arbitrations and Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal
- A large casino, including a recent successful appellate decision that clarified the test for frustration of employment contracts
- A leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, including having an unlawful reprisal application dismissed on a summary basis
- A full service telecommunication, networking, construction and repair company, including successfully representing this company in arbitrations and before the Human Rights Tribunal and the courts
- Employers in the financial services and gaming industries, including representation in judicial review applications
- An employer, who was succcessful in having a claim for benefits (on account of post-traumatic stress disorder) dismissed by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
- “Identifying and Managing Addiction in the Workplace,” Federated Press Conference, December 13, 2012.
- “Training Managers in HR Policy,” Federated Press Conference, October 4, 2012.
- “Whose Computer is it anyways? Limits on Social Media and Intrusion Upon Seclusion,” Norton Rose, May 30, 2012.
- “Dealing With New Tort For Breach of Privacy. Social Media Issues in the Workplace,” Norton Rose Pharma Conference, May 16, 2012.
- “Conducting Workplace Investigation. The Investigative Process and Pre-Investigation Steps,” Osgoode Professional Development Conference, May 8, 2012.
- “Major Caselaw and Legislative Update,” Lancaster House Conference, April 3, 2012.
- “Evidence Collection for Injunctions,” OPA Institute, February 9, 2012.
- “Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act,” Northleaf Capital Partners, January 17, 2012.
- “Recruitment and Hiring: The Legal and Practical Guide,” Osgoode Professional Development Conference, December 13, 2011.
- “Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Customer Service Standards,” The Mearie Group HR Conference, September 23, 2011.
Rankings and recognitions
- Canadian HR Reporter’s Canada’s Employment Lawyers Directory, 2009
Memberships and activities
- Ontario Bar Association
- Course Instructor for employment law course at the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (part of the CHRP certification program), January – April 2001 and September – December 2001