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

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 anti-black and...
Event/Jan 27, 2021

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

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 - Oct 17, 2019

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 be sp...

Related Publications

Publication/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

Blog/26 May 2021

Unpaid Training

When is it legal and when is it illegal?

This blog post sets out employees’ legal rights regarding training on the job.
Blog/17 May 2021

Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clauses in Employment Contracts

Where does an employee sue and what law applies?

COVID-19 has accelerated the rise of the “virtual workplace”. When the employment relationship breaks down, employees living in a jurisdiction differe...
Blog/14 May 2021

Exceptional Circumstances and Long Service Warrant an Exceptional Notice Period

Currie v Nylene: The Ontario Superior Court Awards 26-Months Reasonable Notice

In Currie v Nylene, the Court recognized the exceptional circumstances impairing a long-service employee from finding future employment. Accordingly, ...
Blog/26 April 2021

Unjust Dismissals under the Canada Labour Code

The law of unjust dismissals in federally regulated workplaces

Employees of federally regulated employers are protected from unjust dismissal. This protection does not exist for most workers in Ontario employed by...