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Sarah Graves Toronto Lawyer

Sarah Graves

Partner Fasken
For every employer, effective employment documents, targeted training programs and good investigations prevent potential workplace problems, reduce the risk of litigation and increase the chance of success should litigation occur.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2010 | Connecticut, 1995 | New York, 1993
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Sarah Graves' practice is focused on employment law, litigation and human rights. Sarah is a trusted advisor for clients on workplace issues and provides strategic advice on hiring, termination, investigations, reductions in force, employment standards, wrongful dismissal, human rights including sexual harassment claims and racial profiling, whistleblower claims, accommodation and disability issues. Sarah provides advice that is practical and mitigates potential liability. Sarah is a member of the Firm’s National Human Rights Group. She conducts workplace audits and provides strategic and practical advice on class action avoidance. Previously practicing with a major U.S. law firm as an employment litigator in New York and Connecticut, Sarah’s unique cross-border experience allows her to offer consistent, seamless strategic planning for multinational clients.

Sarah regularly advises clients in high stakes investigations and acts as an external investigator. Her experience includes investigations of allegations of discrimination and harassment including racial profiling, sexual harassment, bullying, employee misconduct including theft, and whistleblower claims as well as investigations involving senior leadership. Sarah also has extensive experience advising on the conduct of investigations including tailored investigation design, documentation, privilege issues, and report writing.

Sarah regularly conducts training programs for executives, managers, human resource professional and in-house lawyers on topics including employment standards, conducting effective investigations, human rights and harassment prevention. Sarah also conducts training programs on Canadian labour and employment law for US and international clients.

Sarah frequently speaks on managing all aspects of the employment relationship, investigations, employment standards, wage and hour class actions, international project management and the strategic partnership between legal and human resources. Sarah also edits the Firm's weekly HR Space Bulletin – the firm’s weekly e-bulletin on labour, employment and human rights issues.


Career & Education


  • LLM New York University School of Law
  • LLB Dalhousie University
  • BA, International Relations Acadia University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Board Member, Kidney Cancer Canada

Fasken Institute


Speaking Engagements

Speaker Mitigating the Risk of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON
Minimizing Pay Equity Risks in M&A Transactions location location Toronto

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