Karen Sargeant is the Chair of Fasken’s Ontario Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. She has represented employers in all aspects of workplace law for more than 20 years.
Karen frequently appears before arbitrators, mediators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She has many winning decisions from all of these administrative bodies, for clients like Air Canada, Gate Gourmet Canada Inc., Humber River Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Karen fiercely represents her clients’ interests. Although she is a fierce advocate, she also knows whether and when to pursue settlement. At the appropriate time, and when appropriate for our client’s interests, she engages in negotiations with an objective of agreement. Karen has been able to assist employers in all sectors achieve negotiated settlements that are acceptable to them, while saving them significant litigation time and expense.
In addition to her appearance work, Karen provides clients with exceptionally high quality day-to-day legal advice. She presents an accurate picture of outcomes to clients and provides practical solutions to clients’ workplace problems. In this way, she knows clients’ workplaces and has an active interest in helping them manage their employment issues.
Karen regularly lectures and teaches at conferences and to groups of management employees on employment and labour matters. She is also a frequent writer and was a founding editor of Fasken’s weekly bulletin, HR Space.