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A person’s employment is an essential component of his or her sense of identity, self‑worth and emotional well‑being. Accordingly, the conditions in which a person works are highly significant in shaping the whole compendium of psychological, emotional and physical elements of a person’s dignity and self respect.”

– Reference Re Public Service Employee Relations Act (Alta.), [1987] 1 SCR 313

Sophie is a fervent and compassionate advocate for employee rights. She practices Employment and Labour law including wrongful termination, constructive dismissal, discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, human rights, severance reviews as well as other employment matters. Her decision to practice in this area of law is best summarized in the above statement from the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sophie is also passionate about holding unions accountable. She assists unionized employees with unfair practices complaints and duty of fair representation complaints. She understands the challenges unionized employees face when their unions refuse to advocate for them. She is interested in finding effective recourse for unionized employees through legislative changes to labour laws.

She has experience representing clients in every stage of litigation and in matters before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench, the Federal Court of Appeal, and tribunals including the Alberta Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis Workplace Law, Sophie worked for a prominent law firm in Calgary. Sophie also worked in the legal department of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and assisted judges with legal research as a student-at-law for the Provincial Court of Alberta. In law school, Sophie volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada where she assisted clients with human rights issues in the context of employment matters. Before obtaining her law degree from the University of Calgary, she worked in human resources in the oil and gas industry after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce degree (specializing in Human Resources & Organizational Dynamics) at the Haskayne School of Business.

Sophie is a volunteer on the Trauma Advisory Committee for the Addiction & Mental Health division within Alberta Health Services.

Outside of work, Sophie and her husband adjudicate disputes between their kids, covering on all areas of law, including physical attacks using a toy lightsaber, toy theft, trespassing on sovereign bedrooms, non-UN sanctioned invasions of ‘personal space’, intentional application of force to a sibling without their consent, slander, and other frivolous yet entertaining complaints. Her greatest accomplishments include mastering the art of not stepping on LEGO landmines left by her kids on the floor, and accidentally swallowing a Robertson screw and living to tell the tale.

Sophie offre des services juridiques en français.


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