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Employment Law and Human Rights

Employment Law and Human Rights are complex areas of law, and any legal team must have the skills and the knowledge to navigate the nuances therein. Whether you’ve had your rights infringed upon, been wrongfully dismissed, or are dealing with workplace issues, KSW Lawyers has the up-to-date knowledge necessary to protect your rights and assist you in settling disputes. 

With over 65 years of employment law experience on our team, including experience litigating at all levels of Court, provincial and federal workplace tribunals, judicial reviews, our employment lawyers are known throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for their commitment to excellence and innovative approach to cases.

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Employment Lawyers Advising Workers

Our skilled team of employment & labour lawyers have an outstanding reputation throughout the Fraser Valley, and an innovative approach to handling cases. 

We advise individuals throughout British Columbia on all employment and labour related matters. See the full description of our Services in the Tabs above.

We want to empower our clients with the knowledge to make the right decisions in their workplace. We do this by educating employees and employers on their rights and obligations and tirelessly working with them to achieve the outcome that meets their objectives.

The modern workplace is ever-changing and presents novel challenges for individuals. We can help not only to protect your interests but to give you the edge you need to come out on top.

If you're facing termination, discrimination, or harassment at work, you can trust our lawyers to advocate for you and help you get the result you deserve.

We're also happy to review employment contracts, severance packages, and other employment agreements (such as non-disclosure, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements) and explain them to you in plain language.

Our Employment Lawyers

Our skilled team of employment & labour lawyers have an outstanding reputation throughout the Fraser Valley, and an innovative approach to handling cases. 

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Wrongful Dismissals

Whether you’re seeking compensation, restoration of health benefits, a reference letter, or an apology, our team will take the time to carefully review your case, answering any questions you may have, while searching for the best possible resolution that carries the least amount of stress with it.

Our Employment and Labour Group provides advice and representation to employees in termination cases. In BC and Canada, employers may terminate an employee’s employment for cause or without cause. In the few cases of termination with cause, the employer may proceed without notice and severance package. More commonly, where a termination is without cause, the dismissed employee is entitled to notice or payment in lieu of notice.

A wrongful dismissal occurs when an individual is terminated in the absence of just cause without being provided with adequate notice of termination or in a manner that violates the conditions outlined in an employee contract. Given the complicated nature of some contracts, wrongful dismissal can be an especially difficult legal area to navigate.

Our Group is committed to taking a thorough approach when it comes to advising employees regarding a wrongful dismissal case. We take the time to understand your situation and to answer any questions you may have. We aim to find a resolution that offers the best possible outcome with the least amount of stress and at a reasonable cost.


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Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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Employment Standards

The province of British Columbia has set out employment standards that apply to most workplaces, and are designed to protect employees and promote their well-being. If you believe your current or former employer has violated these standards, our team can help you assess if you have a case and provide representation if needed.

We're On Your Side

Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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WorkSafeBC

When an employee gets injured at their workplace, both the employer and employee have an obligation to report the incident to WorkSafeBC. If the employee submits a claim for compensation, WorkSafeBC begins the process of assessing the claim to determine if, and how, they will be compensated. The employer may object to the claim. If either the employer or the worker disagrees with WorkSafeBC’s decision, the decision may be appealed to the Review Division, and then the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

Workplace injuries can have serious consequences for your health and your career. If your claim is denied or contested by your employer, the appeals process can also be long and arduous. KSW Lawyers can help guide you through the claims and appeals process to help you resolve your claim.

Our WCB Team composed of lawyers and a designated paralegal have extensive experience handling all types of WorkSafeBC cases. Appealing a decision is a time-sensitive and complicated process and requires an intimate familiarity with the rules, policies, and assessment programs. We have won reviews, appeals and judicial reviews for our clients throughout the last 10 years.

We're On Your Side

Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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Information & Privacy

While your employer does require certain information in order to perform basic business functions such as payroll, their “need to know” can and should be balanced with your privacy rights. If your employer has improperly disclosed or mishandled your private information, or has otherwise infringed on your privacy rights, our team can assist you in assessing your legal options.

We're On Your Side

Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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EI & CPP

Whether you’re submitting a claim, looking for a ruling, or appealing a previous decision, our team can assist you in navigating the complex process that is EI & CPP claims. We stay up to date with all new regulations and can advise you as you seek out the compensation you’re entitled to. 

We're On Your Side

Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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Discrimination & Harassment

As an employee, you have rights under the BC Human Rights code regarding discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination or harassment, our team has handled cases across a wide range of industries and strives to help reduce the stress associated with these claims. 

The BC Human Rights Code gives you the right to a safe and respectful workplace, free from discrimination and harassment -- especially harassment based on protected characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, age, race, etc. At KSW Lawyers, we understand how stressful and upsetting experiencing discrimination and harassment in the workplace can be. As well as how difficult it can be to determine if you have a case, or if you should pursue legal action.

Some examples of claims we can assist with include:

- Workplace Bullying & Harassment Complaints
- Sexual Harassment Complaints
- Workplace Discrimination & Gender Discrimination
- BC Human Rights Tribunal Claims

We're On Your Side

Protecting your rights as an employee is a vital function of the law and our employment lawyers are dedicated solely to helping you resolve employment results in the most efficient manner possible.

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CHRIS DRINOVZ

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Employment Contracts & Policies, Human Resources & Investigations, Information & Privacy, Business WorkSafeBC, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning, Labour Relations and Unions, Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Personal WorkSafeBC, Information and Privacy, EI & CPP, Discrimination & Harassment, Our Charities & Non-Profits Lawyers, Our Labour Relations & Union Advice Lawyers

Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey

604-507-6192

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ALE HENAO

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Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Personal WorkSafeBC, Employment Contracts & Policies, Business WorkSafeBC, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning

Surrey, BC

604-591-7321

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FAYME K. HODAL

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Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Discrimination & Harassment, Business Wrongful Dismissal, Employment Human Rights, Employment Contracts & Policies, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning

South Surrey, BC

604-535-8770

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JESSE DUNNING

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Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Discrimination & Harassment, Employment Contracts & Policies, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning

Abbotsford, BC

604-746-4357

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JUNKI HONG

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Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Discrimination & Harassment, Employment Contracts & Policies, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning

Surrey, BC

604-591-7321

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MELANIE D. BOOTH

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Human Resources & Investigations, Business WorkSafeBC, Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Discrimination & Harassment

Surrey, BC

604-591-7321

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MICHAEL J. WEILER

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Personal Wrongful Dismissal & Terminations, Employment Standards, Information and Privacy, Discrimination & Harassment, Employment Contracts & Policies, Information & Privacy, Employment Human Rights, Dismissals & Termination Planning, Labour Relations and Unions, Our Charities & Non-Profits Lawyers, Our Labour Relations & Union Advice Lawyers

Vancouver, BC

604-336-7423

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