Sarah C. Crossley


Sarah Crossley


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F:+1 416.216.3930

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.

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  • Year of call
    Ontario 1999
  • Law school
    LL.B., University of Windsor, 1997
  • Education
    B.A.(Hons.), Western University, 1994
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Conducting Workplace Investigation. The Investigative Process and Pre-Investigation Steps,” Osgoode Professional Development Conference, July 10, 2013; January 7, 2013; and May 8, 2012.
    • “Social Media and Employee Misconduct,” The Six Minute Labour Lawyer Conference, June 13, 2013.
    • “Conducting Workplace Investigation to Minimize the Risk of Seven-Figure Pain,” Osgoode Conference, CLE Update on Employment Law, May 16, 2013.
    • “Post-Merger Employment Law Issues,” 4th Post-Merger Integration Course, Federated Press, May 15, 2013.
    • “Out of Bounds: Pranks, jokes and horseplay that cross the line into violence and harassment,” Lancaster House Audio Conference, April 11, 2013.
    • “Computer Use and Privacy,” Lancaster House Conference, April 4, 2013.
    • “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.
  • 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
  • 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 to April 2001, and September to December 2001