Priya Sarin, Partner
As a rock climber and mountaineer, Priya Sarin knows that it takes hard work, determination and skill to get to the top of any peak. She successfully uses this approach in the courtroom and in the advancement of her clients’ interests on employment and labour law matters.
From a very young age, Priya considered herself a human rights advocate, fervently tackling complex social and political issues (e.g. eliminating race and gender discrimination) in order to help individuals and communities fight back against injustice and bring about systemic change. Priya brings that same passion and drive to her work now as an employment lawyer where she continues to take a particular interest in cases involving discrimination.
Priya joined Whitten & Lublin in 2016 as a Partner. She brings with her substantial experience representing both employees and employers in employment, labour and human rights related matters, with an emphasis on litigation. Priya has previously worked with clients in such diverse sectors and industries as: IT, banking, financial services, government, small business, retail, health care, education, the arts, food & beverage, manufacturing, news, affordable housing, worker co-operative and non-profit.
Priya routinely drafts or negotiates her clients’ employment agreements, collective agreements, HR policies, independent contractor/consulting agreements and separation packages and she regularly advises on post-employment obligations, conducting harassment investigations and meeting employment, human rights and workplace safety standards. When workplace disputes cannot be resolved out of court, Priya will not hesitate to take the case to the next step. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Ministry of Labour, labour arbitrators and the Canada Revenue Agency with respect to EI/CPP appeals for employers.
In her spare time, Priya kickboxes, plays soccer, rock climbs, travels and sits on the roster of pro bono lawyers for two charities.
Priya obtained her B.Comm. at McGill University and her LL.B. and M.A. in International Affairs in Ottawa.
Priya speaks six languages, including French and Spanish, and enjoys any opportunity to use them.
Sample of Recent Articles and Presentations:
“Reasonable Doubt: Summer is coming and so are sexualized dress codes” (June 2016-NOW Magazine)
“Ending discrimination against First Nations children in Canada” (February 26, 2015 – Rabble.ca)
“Wrongful dismissal damages and the freedom to double dip” (Presentation to the OBA, May 2, 2014)
“Supreme Court Ruling Stirs National Debate on Sex Work” (January 3, 2014 – Rabble.ca)
“Freedom of Expression for Librarians and Archivists Under Attack” (March 28, 2013 – Rabble.caa)
“Employees Beware: The Perils of Posting on Facebook” (Oct 25,2012 – Rabble.ca)
“An erosion of labour rights in Canada? It’s starting to look that way” (May 31, 2012 – Rabble.ca)