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Stephen LeMesurier – Senior Associate and Toronto Employment Lawyer
Phone: 416-907-9249 – 231
Stephen is a barrister and solicitor licensed by the Law Society of Ontario practicing employment law. Stephen obtained his JD from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University after completing both his B.A.H and M.A in Political Studies at Queen’s.
Stephen has a broad employment law practice with a particular focus on wrongful dismissal litigation and disability law for employees and individuals. Stephen has also developed a strong practice assisting federally regulated employees with unjust dismissal complaints under the Canada Labour Code. As detailed further below, Stephen has recently been successful arguing unjust dismissal cases under the provisions of the Canada Labour Code against Canada’s largest banks.
Outside of the office, Stephen remains involved with Camp Wenonah in Muskoka, Ontario where he spent parts of 9 years as a staff member and Assistant Director. Stephen enjoys staying active by working on his squash game, running, cycling and canoe tripping throughout Ontario’s provincial parks.
Recent Notable cases (note: each case is individual and past success does not guarantee future success):
Nahum v. Honeycomb Hospitality Inc., 2021 ONSC 1455: Trial Decision: Stephen represented a client with 4.5 months of seniority at trial after she was terminated. The client was pregnant at the time of termination and Stephen was able to have the judge recognize this ground as elongating the notice period, getting 5 months of severance for the employee plus money for benefits lost. Stephen was later successful in having the judge award $22,000 to cover the client’s legal fees.
Maticevic and Bank of Montreal, Re: 2019 CarswellNat 4762 (Westlaw): Stephen was primary counsel in the case of a dismissed Bank employee. In the first hearing the adjudicator rejected the bank’s argument that it was a legitimate layoff and in the second decision (2020 CarswellNat 2661) the adjudicator awarded the 18 year employee 22 months notice plus legal fees. The employee was also reinstated into his position and went back to the bank. In a subsequent decision the adjudicator awarded over $65,000 in order to cover the employee’s legal fees for the hearing.
Kim v. BT Express Freight Systems. 2020 CarswellOnt 1870, 317 A.C.W.S. (3d) 255: Stephen got default judgment against an employer who failed to defend the claim from their past terminated employee.
P.D. and Bank of Nova Scotia: 2019 CarswellNat 2340 (Westlaw): Stephen was primary counsel in the case of a Bank employee accused of theft and dishonesty. The Adjudicator under the appointed to hear the case found that the allegations of theft were not proven by the Bank. Due to Stephen’s hard work, the employee was reinstated to her position with full back pay, awarded $5,000 in moral damages and her legal costs. In a second decision (2020 CarswellNat 640) costs were awarded at over $90,000 to cover the employee’s legal fees.
Menard v. The Centre for International Governance Innovation: Trial Decision: Stephen was co-counsel in the trial of a Vice President, Finance with 6 years of service who was terminated. The employer claimed after acquired cause based on breach of policy. Notwithstanding the allegations of cause nor the claim advanced by the employer that the employment contract limited the employee’s notice period to only 12 weeks, due to Stephen’s hard work the Executive received 2 months’ notice per year of service, for a total of 12 months’ pay in lieu.
Select review of Stephen:
“I contracted Monkhouse Law to settle a layoff dispute with my former employer. They proved to be exceptionally efficient and able. My lawyer Stephen and his associate Anessa always responded to any email query within the same day, typically within the hour. They calmly guided me through the confusing processes of settlement, severance and mediation. As I am not allowed to provide details of the settlement, I can only say that I am very happy with the fair and favourable outcome and the fact that the results were achieved quickly. Stephen and his team were able to allay my concerns and stress levels through their professional and courteous actions. Highly recommended.” – SP from Mississauga
“Stephen is a wonderful lawyer! He and his team helped me to receive my severance package and Employment Insurance benefits. I highly recommend him and his team in Monkhouse Law. Thank you Stephen again for all your hard work and support through this process.” -AB from Toronto
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