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Katy E Allen

Katy E Allen



  • Employment and Labor
  • Litigation
  • Occupational Health & Safety

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Lawson Lundell LLP
British Columbia, Canada

Katy practises in the area of labour and employment law advising clients in relation to wrongful dismissal cases, labour arbitrations, employment agreements, collective agreements, group terminations, restrictive covenants and post-employment competition litigation, employment standards, human rights, and privacy law. Katy has a particular interest in human rights law in the context of employment. She has assisted clients with matters being litigated at the Employment Standards Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal, Labour Relations Board, Provincial Small Claims Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal.

Katy clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Bar Admissions

British Columbia (2014)


University of British Columbia (J.D.)
University of British Columbia (B.Sc.)
Areas of Practice

Employment and Labor | Litigation | Occupational Health & Safety

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Recognition and Ranking
*Bull, Housser & Tupper Prize in Technology Law
*Harold Scanlon Foley Memorial Scholarship
*Panvini Scholarship in Law
*McCarthy Tetrault Prize in Property
*Bull, Housser & Tupper Prize in Torts
*Borden Ladner Gervais Fellowship

Professional Activities
*Canadian Bar Association, Member
*Law Society of British Columbia, Member

Community Activities
*Western Canada Society to Access Justice, pro bono clinic volunteer


Is Refusal to Wear a Mask the Basis for a Human Rights Complaint?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

Mask wearing indoors has become a ubiquitous part of the COVID-19 experience. The B.C. government mandated mask wearing in November of 2020 for most indoor public settings. Those orders are premised on face coverings helping to prevent, respond to or alleviate the spread of COVID‐19, when used with other protective measures. Some members of our society have physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities that make mask wearing unduly difficult or unsafe...

British Columbia Employers Announces Temporary Ability to Extend COVID-19 Related Layoffs
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

On May 4, 2020, the B.C. government passed an Order in Council to add a new provision to the BC Employment Standards Regulation (the “Regulation”) during the current provincial state of emergency. Temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can now last up to 16 weeks in a 20 consecutive week period without triggering termination of employment. This is the second change to B.C. employment standards legislation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Help is on the Way: New Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

The B.C. and federal government have announced new benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. B.C. residents who receive Employment Insurance (“EI”) or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”, described below) will be eligible...

Additional Articles

Federal Government Passes Union Spending Bill, Bill C-377 (July 3, 2015)

Suspension held to Constitute Constructive Dismissal: Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, 2015 SCC 10 (March 10, 2015)

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Right to Strike Decision: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4 (February 2, 2015)

Landmark Case on the Freedom of Association from the Supreme Court of Canada: Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 1 (January 19, 2015)


Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

Lawson Lundell's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog follows new and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities. Our goal is to provide a source of valuable information and insight on a wide variety of matters for our readers.

Labour & Employment Law Blog
Lawson Lundell LLP 

Lawson Lundell's Labour and Employment Law Blog provides updates on the most recent legal developments impacting the Canadian workplace and offers practical tips for employers. We cover a range of topics, including labour relations, employment law, collective bargaining, human rights, employment...

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