Mary Thibodeau

Areas of Practice

Labour Law – Representing unions in labour relations matters, including arbitrations and Board applications.

Human Rights Law – particularly discrimination in the employment context.

Employment Law – including wrongful dismissal litigation and harassment complaints.

 

Biography

Mary returned to VSLO as an associate after previously working with the firm as a summer research assistant and articling with a leading union side labour firm in Toronto.

Mary gained early experience assisting workers with wrongful dismissal, employment standards, and human rights matters during her time in the Workers’ Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services in Toronto, where she carried out effective negotiations to achieve favourable results for her clients. During this time Mary also volunteered at the Workers’ Action Centre, where she provided assistance with employment standards matters and took part in worker and advocate-organized campaigns to raise the minimum wage and achieve systemic legal reform.

During her legal education, Mary wrote case commentary for TheCourt.ca, an award-winning legal blog of Osgoode Hall, and was an associate editor of the Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy. Mary also volunteered as a caseworker in the administrative law division of the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme and as a research assistant with Pro Bono Students Canada, where she assisted the Canadian Civil Liberties Association with Charter Research.

In addition to her law degree, Mary also holds a master’s degree in political science from York University, where her research focussed on carbon markets and economic theory. Prior to her legal career, Mary worked in physiotherapy regulation and international credential assessment.

As a former union steward and organizer, Mary feels privileged to be able to assist workers and unions with their legal issues.

Mary is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Advocate’s Society, and the Canadian Bar Association.

 

Education

Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 2016

M.A., Political Science, York University, 2010

B.A., Honours, Political Science, University of Victoria, 2006

 

Credentials

Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2017

Called to the Ontario Bar, 2017

 

Recent Experience

Red Chris Development Company Ltd. v United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, Local 1-1937, BCLRB No. B25/2018

Where the Board awarded the union a second access order to a remote mining camp for the purposes of organizing workers who reside on the employer’s property. The Board also ordered that the employer either disable or cover up the security cameras that would otherwise capture the areas in which the union was conducting its organizing drive. In reaching this decision, the Board reasoned that workers should be entitled to interact with union organizers without fear of employer surveillance.

 

Publications/Articles

Various case commentary, TheCourt.ca 2014-16

 

Presentations

Discipline for Off-Duty Conduct, Victory at Arbitration 2017

2016-17 Review: Significant Cases for Unions, Victory at Arbitration 2017