What documents are helpful to my employment lawyer?

Most Toronto employment lawyers, including myself, offer free initial consultations to prospective clients. To make the most out of the meeting or telephone call, it is important to organize all of important documents and information.

Your lawyer will want to bring with you the following:

  • Photo identification. It is a requirement of the Law Society of Ontario that lawyers confirm the identity of their clients by reviewing original photo identification of every client and retaining a copy for their records.
  • Your employment contract, if you have one, and any other letter, memo, or email exchanged around the time you were hired.
  • Likewise, your lawyer will want to see all the paperwork your employer gave you when you were fired, including your Record of Employment and termination letter.
  • Any letters, memos, or emails that might help to show why you were fired
  • Documents or other things that show what you did to claim your rights as a worker
  • Any notes you made about things that happened at work, especially if you feel discriminated against or believe there was some other wrong doing by your employer.
  • Contact information for co-workers or others who saw or heard things that could help you show why you were fired.
  • T4 and your most recent pay stubs.
  • Any other paper work you think may be important to your case.

Contact Justin W. Anisman

To contact Justin W. Anisman, the author of this blog, about any employment law related questions or issues you may be facing, call 416-304-7005 or email him at janisman@btzlaw.ca.

Justin W. Anisman is an Employment Lawyer at the Toronto law firm Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP. Justin advises both companies and individuals in all aspects of employment law including wrongful dismissal, human rights and discrimination.


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