Lawyer & HR Advisor
PhilosophyIn a word: Complexly
Khadeeja believes that only when we think of others complexly can we treat them fairly. This means looking beyond a headline or tweet and understanding that our experiences shape our perceptions and actions. She applies this to her work as a workplace investigator, employment law and human resource advisor, and workplace trainer.
Khadeeja believes strongly in creating proactive and positive workplaces that support both employers and employees. She is a skillful and effective advocate for her clients and has an adept understanding of how to manage sensitive matters, particularly those involving harassment and abuse, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion issues.
B.Sc., Psychology: University of Toronto, J.D.: Bond University, Certificate in Workplace Investigations: Human Resources Professionals Association, Certificate in Human Rights Theory and Practice: Osgoode Hall Law School, practicing law since 2012
Khadeeja joined the firm in 2020 after gaining over seven years of experience in a legal aid clinic that serves marginalized people where she provided legal advice and representation on a variety of issues including employment law.
She has appeared before several tribunals, the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Federal Court of Appeal on behalf of clients. She also has extensive capability with policy and law reform work, presenting before federal and provincial parliamentary committees on various public interest initiatives.
Khadeeja’s first experience in advocacy came while in elementary school when she represented her younger brother in front of their Vice-Principal when he was accused of causing trouble in his class with other students. The Vice-Principal was persuaded and Khadeeja maintains that her brother still owes her for that save. From there, Khadeeja has worked with senior employment lawyers, public and non-profit agencies, and clients from diverse backgrounds. These experiences inspired her to pursue her career in creating positive workplaces.
An interesting tidbit
Khadeeja loves to travel and spent four months backpacking in Asia and has lived in several countries (high school itself was completed across three different ones). She’s a photographer, loves recipe video-watching more than cooking, and is a novice Kathak dancer.