Kristen Pennington is an Associate lawyer with Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins LLP. She represents both employees and employers in all aspects of employment and workplace human rights law, and has acted or assisted in various matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Human Rights Tribunal and Canada Labour Code adjudicator.
Kristen also maintains a management-side labour practice and has assisted with various matters before the Labour Relations Board, including certifications, grievances, human rights complaints, and related employer applications. Her clients span a variety of industries, though she is quickly developing expertise in construction labour law.
Kristen is particularly passionate about human rights advocacy and the elimination of workplace discrimination. A dedicated women’s advocate, she has assisted a number of female employees with addressing gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and systemic sexism in the workplace. She also routinely assists employers in assessing, revising and implementing effective anti-discrimination, harassment and violence policies and programs to prevent future litigation.
A blogger for the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Employment Law Today, Kristen has also been interviewed and quoted by a variety of national news sources, including The Globe and Mail, Metro News, CTV, Global News, Yahoo and CBC’s The National.
Committed to the advancement of women both within and outside of the legal profession, Kristen mentors young aspiring lawyers through York University’s TASTE (Take a Student to Eat) program. She also volunteers her time with the legal services branch of LEAF, a national organization committed to the protection of the equality rights of women and girls.
Kristen is the past recipient of the Borden Ladner Gervais Award for Professional Excellence. In 2015, she was nominated for a Notable Award as an up-and-coming millennial in her field.