Gita Anand’s practice is restricted to labour relations, employment law and litigation. Advising and representing management on a wide range of matters, she acts for clients within the private and public sector in both union and non-union workplaces. She has significant experience in advising clients on labour relations and employment law issues in the automotive manufacturing, food and beverage, health and charitable and non-profit corporate sectors. Gita also acts as an investigator/fact-finder in the public and private sectors, conducting workplace investigations involving employment-related issues.
She advises on such matters as employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissal, occupational health and safety, employment contracts, and the interpretation and administration of collective agreements. She also acts as an employer adviser and spokesperson in collective bargaining.
She has special expertise as counsel in wrongful dismissal, labour arbitration, employment standards, occupational health and safety matters, and human rights issues.
Gita has appeared regularly as employer counsel at grievance and interest arbitrations, before administrative tribunals and at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. She has also represented clients in the federal sector and acts as counsel on adjudications under the Canada Labour Code, and before various federal tribunals, including the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
She has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario, and has acted as counsel on behalf of several Ontario Ministries before the Grievance Settlement Board, Public Service Grievance Board, and Boards of Inquiry.
Gita returns to Miller Thomson having recently served as a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“Board”), and acting as an independent arbitrator/mediator. Prior to her appointment to the Board, she led the firm’s national labour and employment specialty group. For a number of years, she was central to advancing the firm in its efforts, initiatives and policy development as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and as a key member of Miller Thomson’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
As a highly respected lawyer and adjudicator, Gita’s broad base of experience enables her to provide clients with imaginative, timely, and practical counsel in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Best Lawyers in Canada – Labour and Employment Law, 2013 – 2016
- Past national Executive Committee member and Chair of Miller Thomson’s Labour and Employment Specialty Group
- Past guest lecturer, University of Western Ontario Law School and York University Law faculties
- Canadian Bar Association (Labour Law Section)
- Law Society of Ontario
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1988
- Nova Scotia Bar, 1991
- LL.B., Dalhousie Law School, 1986
- M.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1984
- B.A., Honours, Mount Allison University, 1982