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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

Alison Griggs

B.A. Hons., M.L.I.M., J.D.

Workplace Investigator & Trainer

About Alison Griggs

A compassionate and solutions-focused lawyer, Alison Griggs understands that an effective investigation involves thoroughly gathering information from a variety of sources. She cohesively pieces information gathered to form a comprehensive understanding of issues in a workplace. As part of this, she recognizes the importance of helping workplace parties understand the challenge at hand, and helps to find viable solutions that promote healthy, safe, and rewarding workplaces.

Expertise & Services

Alison brings her expertise in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) to facilitate investigations using an equity-based approach. Recognizing that discrimination and harassment is a complex blend of individual, systemic, and institutional discrimination, she critically considers the ways in which various attitudes and systems may contribute to workplace issues.

Background

Alison began her legal career as a senior policy advisor for the Information, Privacy and Archives Division of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. She created complex records management policies and training, led the implementation of recommendations with respect to records managements practices of political staff, and advised on amendments to the FIPPA and MFIPPA.

Alison later became a workplace advisor and then labour relations specialist for a large trade union. As a workplace advisor, she advised members on their rights and responsibilities under union policies, assessed members’ allegations of workplace discrimination, made recommendations concerning dispute resolution, and liaised with employer representatives to develop joint solutions to address workplace issues. While working as a labour relations specialist, Alison delivered labour relations support services to clients, provided her expertise on EDI, accessibility, and respect in the workplace, led the union’s engagement with the Ontario Public Service, and provided coaching and training on investigating workplace allegations and interpreting collective agreements, law, and policy.

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario
  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Master of Library and Information Management, with merit, Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom)
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto

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