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Social Justice Lawyer & Assistant Professor, York University, Canada

Fay Faraday is an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School researching and teaching in the areas of labour and employment law, transnational migrant worker rights, intersectional feminism, equality, human rights, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, constitutional & public law, ethical lawyering, social justice & political activism, race and gender. She held York University’s Packer Visiting Chair in Social Justice at the Politics Department from 2014 to 2018. She has been a scholar in residence and faculty affiliate with York University’s Global Labour Research Centre since 2014.

Fay has published extensively in the areas of Charter rights, constitutional law, human rights and labour law. She is the co-author and co-editor of a book on equality rights under the Charter: Making Equality Rights Real: Securing Substantive Equality Under the Charter (Irwin Law, 2006), the co-author of a book on equality rights under Ontario’s Human Rights Code: Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario (Canada Law Book, 2009), and co-author and co-editor of a book on labour rights under the Charter: Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (Irwin Law, 2012).

She also holds an Innovation Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation and is engaged in legal and community-based research on the rights of migrant workers. She has published three landmark reports on migrant worker rights in Canada: Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity (2012); Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers (2014); and Canada’s Choice: Decent Work or Entrenched Exploitation for Canada’s Migrant Workers? (2016).

Fay is also a social justice lawyer, strategic adviser and policy consultant at Faraday Law. She represents unions, community organizations and coalitions in constitutional and appellate litigation, human rights, administrative/public law, labour and pay equity. She also works collaboratively with community groups and coalitions to provide strategic and policy advice on constitutional and human rights issues, and on law reform. In her work as a lawyer, she has addressed a wide range of issues relating to equality and fundamental freedoms under the Charter, gender and work, rights of migrant workers, rights of persons with disabilities, race discrimination, employment equity, poverty, income security, socioeconomic rights, and international human rights norms. She has represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including numerous cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.


  • –present
    Social Justice Lawyer & Assistant Professor, York University, Canada


  • 1993 
    Osgoode Hall Law School, Law