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Jan Borowy’s practice areas include labour relations, human rights, pay equity and professional regulation in health care.  She works extensively on issues of pay equity, human rights and occupational health and safety, including preventing workplace violence and harassment.  She represents trade unions, employees, and civil society coalitions.

Jan brings to her practice a longstanding commitment to the promotion of social justice, workers’ rights and human rights. Her experience gives her an understanding of the importance of a clear strategy in litigation, negotiations, campaigns, and organizing.  

Jan is the co-chair of the Equal Pay Coalition, the main advocacy organization in Canada to close the gender pay gap. 

Jan regularly appears before labour arbitrators, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and Canadian and Ontario labour boards.  She has appeared at Divisional Court on pay equity and occupational health and safety matters.  She appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada representing the Women's Equality Coalition, which intervened on two important pay equity matters. She sits as a union-appointed sides person in interest arbitrations primarily in the health sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Jan worked in the labour movement as a Research Co-ordinator with a private sector union, and later she was on staff at a large public sector union.   She also worked at Parkdale Community Legal Services as a community legal worker advocating on behalf of non-union employees. 

Jan has been a guest speaker and workshop leader on numerous occasions at the Osgoode Certificate programme in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Jan obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008 and was called to the Ontario bar in June 2009. At law school, Jan developed an expertise in Aboriginal law and issues facing Indigenous workers. Jan first started with the firm as a researcher with Mary Cornish in 2006. She joined the firm as a lawyer after her call to the bar.

Jan has a Master of Arts in Canadian politics from York University and has published several articles on the impact of economic restructuring in the Canadian labour market.

She is the past-Vice-President-Ontario of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and continues to be a member. She is also a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.

Recent Notable Cases

  • In Canada Post Corporation v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers ("CUPW"), CUPW won a historic pay equity victory for rural and suburban mail carriers ("RSMCs"), who are predominately women. In May 2018, Arbitrator Flynn ruled that Canada Post Corporation breached its obligation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value for the RSMCs. This work was found to be of equal value to the work carried out by the male-dominated group of Letter Carriers. Arbitrator Flynn ordered the parties into a 90-day negotiation period to finalize the details of her award, particularly with respect to benefits and pensions.
  • In September 2018, CUPW received the award determining the remedy in the RSMCs arbitration. Arbitrator Flynn found that the weighted average pay gap between the female-dominated RSMCs and the male-dominated urban letter carriers was $5.31 an hour. As a result, the RSMCs will receive pay increases of that amount, plus improvements in many other benefits, including vacation leave and pre-retirement leave.

Education

  • Call to the Bar, 2009
  • Osgoode Hall, LL.B., 2008
  • York University, Canadian Politics M.A.

Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Related Events

Event/Feb 28, 2019: 11:17

Cavalluzzo Lawyers Support Gender Neutral Robing Rooms

On February 20, 2019, the Law Society of Ontario announced  that it is finally going to address the inequality of the men’s and women&...
Event/Apr 24, 2018

Jan Borowy Speaks at the Toronto Public Library Workers National Day of Mourning

Jan Borowy speaks at the Toronto Public Library Workers National Day of Mourning.  She will be presenting on the subject of violence in the workp...
Event/Nov 29, 2017

Jan Borowy Participates in Lancaster House Audio Conference: "Danger at Work: Responding to Violence and Harassment by Patients, Students and Others"

Jan Borowy participates in Lancaster House Audio Conference:  "Danger at Work:  Responding to Violence and Harassment by Patients, Students ...
Event/Jan 29, 2017

Janet Borowy Speaks at Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care Conference

Janet Borowy speaks at Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management conference.  She will be participating in a panel o...

Related Publications

Article/28 October 2016

Violence in the Healthcare Workplace

Violence in the Healthcare Workplace, 2016, co-authored by Jan Borowy and Elizabeth McIntyre Read More
Article/3 November 2014

Securing Employment Equity by Enforcing Human Rights Laws

Securing Employment Equity by Enforcing Human Rights Laws, Employment Equity in Canada, (C. Agocs ed.) UTP: 2014, coauthored by Jan Borowy, Mary Corni... Read More
Article/2 August 2013

Guide to Closing Workplace Gender Pay Gaps

This updated CSMC Trade Union Guide gives an overview of employers' obligations and union's rights and obligations in respect of closing discriminator... Read More

Cases

Case/23 June 2010

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service, 2010 ONSC 3525. Long Range Acoustical Devices (“LRAD”), colloquially descr...
Case/26 November 2014

Ontario Nurses' Association v. Royal Ottawa Health Care Group

Ontario Nurses' Association v Royal Ottawa Health Care Group - Brockville Mental Health Centre, 2014 CanLII 75060, in which the Ontario Labour Board i...
Case/21 January 2016

Ontario Nurses' Association v. Participating Nursing Homes

Ontario Nurses' Association v Participating Nursing Homes, 2016 CanLII 2675, where the Union argued for pay equity maintenance in the proxy sector. No...
Case/22 January 2018

OPP Civilian Association of Managers and Specialists v. Ontario Provincial Police

OPP Civilian Association of Managers and Specialists v. Ontario Provincial Police, 2018 HRTO 101, involving a detailed disclosure order in a human rig...

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