Areas of practice
- Labour & Employment Law
Soma Ray-Ellis is a Partner and Chair of the Employment and Labour Group at Gardiner Roberts LLP and has been practicing law for over 20 years.
Soma is considered a prominent employment lawyer by the national media and has made numerous appearances on CP24, Global TV, CTV National News, CBC Newsworld and City TV. She is often asked to speak nationally and internationally on employment law issues. Most recently, she chaired a panel discussion at a global conference of lawyers in Amsterdam on the topic of social media and the practice of law and in Shanghai, China, on the topic of the use of social media to educate people on employment related rights.
Soma represents companies and executives in all areas of employment law including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, employment policies, human rights issues, occupational health and safety, workers compensation, and privacy law issues. Soma has also conducted numerous harassment and discrimination investigations for various Municipalities and Corporations and provides in-house training to organizations on workplace compliance. She has been involved in numerous high profile litigation matters including representing Air India as lead counsel at the Air India Inquiry.
Soma has published extensively. Her works include the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Employment Law, 785 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2015), the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Discrimination and Human Rights, 674 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2013), and the Employment Equity Manual (Carswell). She co-drafted the original “Rules of Practice” for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and also assisted in drafting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct relating to lawyers practicing mediation.
She has been involved in several high profile investigations including the investigation concerning the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. She has represented significant members of society including CEOs, senators and government officials in highly sensitive matters both nationally and internationally.