Lawsuit against McCarthy Tetrault

Through her wrongful dismissal claim, Diane LaCalamita has alleged “systemic, gender-based discrimination” against one of Canada’s largest law firms, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The case is currently making it’s way through the courts.

Gender discrimination issues aside, right now the major story developing from this case is the Order by Master Ronna Brott. The Order is for McCarthy’s to produce documentation on what is normally very private information outlining their policies on employee and partner salaries, billing rates, performance reviews as well as an internal report on gender issues at the firm, conducted by Catalyst Inc.

For more information on the story, see the Lawyers Weekly article or my previous blog entry Sexism allegations rock Toronto law office.

Daniel A. Lublin is the managing partner of Whitten & Lublin LLP, an employment and workplace law firm that acts for employees and employers across Canada.  He can be reached at