Maria Tassou is a member of both the Commercial Litigation and Employment & Labour Practice Groups.
Her practice focuses on Administrative Law, Workplace Investigations, Management Training and Privacy Law. Maria serves as Privacy Officer for the firm.
Maria is a certified workplace investigator. She can be retained as an impartial, third-party investigator to conduct efficient, sensitive, and objective investigations into workplace misconduct, such as breaches of workplace policy, and allegations of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination. She is also available to provide legal advice and guidance to employers and human resources professionals conducting their own internal investigations.
Maria has extensive experience as a civil litigator and is a seasoned adjudicator, presiding over hearings involving a broad range of matters, in both the private and public sector.
Maria was the Chair and lead adjudicator of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, an adjudicative tribunal, for five years. She was also a Vice-Chair of several other tribunals in Ontario including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord Tenant Board, Social Benefits Tribunal and Licence Appeal Tribunal.
As a seasoned adjudicator, Maria has extensive experience eliciting evidence, questioning parties, maintaining confidentiality, and protecting the privacy interests of all parties. She has adjudicated a multitude of claims involving criminal harassment, sexual assault, physical violence, threats, internet crimes, and human trafficking in a fair and impartial manner.
Maria understands the importance of procedural fairness and natural justice. She is respectful of social and cultural differences and acts in a manner that promotes an appreciation for diversity. She has engaged in meaningful outreach and public consultations strengthening stakeholder relations among government agencies, police services, advocacy organizations and the Ombudsman’s office.
She also has experience protecting personal and sensitive information and dealing with third party requests for information as the designated head of an institution pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.