Jan Borowy’s practice areas include labour relations, human rights, pay equity and professional regulation. She works extensively on issues of pay equity, human rights and occupational health and safety including preventing workplace violence and harassment.
Jan brings to her practice a longstanding commitment to the promotion of workers’ rights and human rights. Her experience gives her an understanding of the importance of a clear strategy in union negotiations, campaigns, strikes, organizing and educational programs. Prior to joining the firm, Jan worked in the labour movement as a Research Co-ordinator and later she was on staff at a large public sector union where she worked on campaigns, negotiations and organizing. 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 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 Aboriginal workers. Jan has a Masters of Arts in Canadian politics from York University and has published several articles on the impact of economic restructuring in the Canadian labour market.
Jan first started with the firm as a summer student in 2007 and joined the firm after her call to the bar. Jan regularly appears before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Pay Equity Hearing Tribunal, the Ontario and Canadian Labour boards and Divisional Court. She sits as a union-appointed sides person in interest arbitrations.
Jan is the co-chair of the Equal Pay Coalition, the main advocacy organization in Canada to close the gender pay gap.
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.