Danielle Leon Foun Lin practices in labour arbitration, human rights, pay equity law and professional regulation. She provides advice and representation in both official languages.
A significant part of Danielle’s work takes place in the university sector. She regularly appears on behalf of faculty associations in grievance arbitration, and in human rights and labour board proceedings on issues involving workplace discrimination, disability-related accommodation, workplace harassment and violence, academic freedom and discipline. She also represents teachers and other professionals in professional discipline matters.
As one of only a handful of lawyers in Ontario with expertise in the complex field of pay equity law, Danielle represents unions and their members fight against gender-based pay discrimination in many different workplaces. Being in the trenches with her clients, negotiating pay equity plans and shepherding pay equity disputes through Review Services and the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, Danielle understands very well the need for novel ways to make equal pay for work of equal value a reality.
Danielle is a skilled advocate adept at achieving the best result for her clients using all mechanisms at her disposal. She has consistently achieved positive resolutions through informal procedures or mediated settlement discussions, while also being a forceful advocate at arbitration and before tribunals. In all cases, Danielle’s goal is to protect the rights and dignity of individual employees, while advancing the interests of her union clients.
Danielle regularly provides training to union representatives and other lawyers on diverse human rights topics, including employment and pay equity, workplace harassment, workplace restoration and the duty to accommodate.
Prior to her career in law, Danielle worked as an economist for several years providing fiscal and financial policy analysis and advice for the Government of Ontario. Danielle obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Laurentian University and a Master of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University.
When she is not working, Danielle loves to travel with her family and to cook her favourite creole dishes from her native island of Mauritius.