Bio

Sheilagh is a solution-oriented advocate who secures best outcomes for clients based on their individual needs. This can be through litigation or a range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Sheilagh advocates for clients on issues arising at the point of hire, in the course of employment or on termination.

Her main area of practice is employment and labour law, and her experience is with the wide array of issues related to employment relationships, the workplace and members of regulated professions, such as wrongful dismissal, contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, labour disputes, human rights claims, professional discipline\regulation issues, and workplace harassment and other investigations. Sheilagh has extensive experience in education law and in the specialized field of disability insurance benefits—working with individuals and trade unions to pursue denied benefits claims. 

Sheilagh is also available to conduct workplace investigations. In the course of her more than 20 years of experience, Sheilagh has advised regularly on workplace discrimination, harassment and violence policies, as well as issues related to persons asserting or accused of harassment. Because of this extensive experience, Sheilagh has the in-depth knowledge and insight necessary to conduct efficient and responsible investigations. 

A frequent writer and speaker, Sheilagh has published, trained, workshopped and presented on issues concerning civil litigation skills, workplace accommodation, discrimination in employment, equality rights, education law and collective bargaining. She is also co-editor of the legal text, Education Labour and Employment Law in Ontario published by Thomson Reuters.

Sheilagh is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers of Canada in Labour and Employment Law.

Education

  • Call to the Ontario Bar, 1996
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1994
  • University of Western Ontario, M.A., 1991

Memberships

  • Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Related Events

Event/May 2, 2021: 13:30 - 14:30

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at CAPSLE 2021 Conference

Sheilagh Turkington speaks at CAPSLE Conference 2021.  She will be  discussing issues in litigation as a means for challenging racism and an...
Event/Jan 27, 2021: 17:30 - 18:30

Sheilagh Turkington Participates in OBA Sponsored Speed Mentoring Session

Sheilagh Turkington participates in the Ontario Bar Association’s speed mentoring session,  co-sponsored by The OBA’s Women Lawyers F...
Event/Apr 26, 2020: 13:45 - 15:00

Sheilagh Turkington, Balraj Dosanjh, and Kaley Duff Speak at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education

Sheilagh Turkington, Balraj Dosanjh, and Kaley Duff are presenting at the 2020 CAPSLE Conference in Ottawa on April 26, 2020. They will be discussing ...
Event/Oct 24, 2019: 09:45 - Oct 17, 2019: 11:00

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at Osgoode's Advanced Issues in Special Education Conference

Sheilagh Turkington is a faculty member at Osgoode Hall’s 14th Annual Program on Advanced Issues in Special Education conference.  She will...

Related Publications

Article/1 April 2008

Environmental Sensitivity and the Workplace

In May 2007, the Canadian Human Rights Commission published a paper on “The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities” written by...

Related Blogs

/2 February 2021

Notice in Ontario: How Is it Calculated?

The Employment Standards Act and the Common Law

When an employee is terminated in Ontario, they are generally entitled to advance notice. Under the law of Ontario, there are two types of notice: the...
/21 January 2021

Statutory Holidays in Ontario: Demystified

What are my entitlements ​and how are they calculated?

Most employees are entitled to time off and holiday pay during statutory holidays. This blog post explains what statutory holidays are, statutory holi...
/5 November 2020

Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Clauses – When Are They Enforceable?

Dealing with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

What do the restrictive covenants in your employment contract mean, and are they enforceable? This blog explains these legal terms and discusses the i...
/27 October 2020

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Allows COVID-19 Claims

If you contract COVID-19 at work, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the WSIB.

WSIB provides coverage for workers who have contracted COVID-19 as a result of their work duties. This blog provides details on when cases are approve...