Rahul founded Soni Law Firm, a boutique employment, labour, and human rights law firm, with the goal of taking his Downtown Toronto litigation experience and making it accessible to Ontario’s Main Street employees and employers.
In 2009, Rahul received his Bachelor in Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from the University of Toronto. His strong academic performance earned him the coveted University of Toronto Entrance Scholarship and Queen Elizabeth II: Aiming for the Top Scholarship.
He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2013, where he received the Honours Scholarship during each year of his study. In law school, he received numerous academic awards and served as the Senior Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review.
Rahul began his legal practice with a civil litigation firm based in Toronto. He went on to work alongside one of Ontario’s most prominent employment and human rights lawyers. His courtroom experience and passion for standing up to bullies makes him a tireless advocate who is always trying to find better ways to argue for his clients and obtain the best possible outcome, inside and outside the courtroom.
By focusing his practice on employment, labour, and human rights law, Rahul’s clients benefit from his concentrated knowledge, skill, and experience in all matters relating to the workplace. He regularly argues on behalf of employees and employers before the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canadian Human Rights Commission, and Ministry of Labour.
Rahul’s approach to building his clients’ cases starts with taking the time in getting to know his clients, the other parties involved, and all key facts of the case. He puts himself in his clients’ shoes to understand what they experienced and how the law can help them. His belief is that the party most prepared is the party that is most likely to succeed. So, Rahul’s clients can expect to be well-prepared and well-positioned for all scenarios, which helps encourage favourable settlements while giving clients the confidence of being able to strongly push forward with litigation, if necessary.
As an employment, labour, and human rights lawyer, clients trust in Rahul to know the very latest developments in workplace law and how the law can be best leveraged protect their interests.
Some of Rahul’s notable cases include:
- Bates v. Presstran Industries (Magna) (Covered by Global TV, Toronto Star, The Jon Oakley Show, and more)
Rahul represented an employee who worked for a subsidiary of Magna International that installed a timer and docked her wages for washroom breaks she needed due to her disability
- Meredith v Unifor Canada and Local 4304, 2020 CanLII 3152 (ON LRB)
The Applicant, after having previously unsuccessfully filing an application with a different legal representative, retained Rahul to bring a decertification application before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Rahul and the Applicant successfully obtained an Order requiring a decertification vote to be held for “all Bus Operators, Certified Motor Vehicle Trade Technicians, all Specialized Transit Vehicle Operators and Specialized Transit Dispatchers/Reservationists and related service personnel of the Transit Services Division of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, save and expect for students, supervisors, those above the rank of supervisor, office and clerical employees, stock keepers and those employees represented by CUPE Local 1883 and CUPE Local 1656”, which the employer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, estimated to be 730 employees.
- Sweeney, et al. v Labourers’ International Union of North America, 2019 CanLII 72145 (ON LRB)
Rahul represented various construction workers in successfully having the Ontario Labour Relations Board issue an Order for having a representation vote for the decertification/termination of bargaining rights pursuant to section 132 filed under the construction industry provisions of the Labour Relations Act.
- Gemme v. Timmins and District Hospital (covered by CTV News)
Rahul represented a long service hospital employee against his employer for workplace bullying and harassment
- JUSTICE v. National Organized Workers Union
Rahul acted as management-side legal counsel to a union, National Organized Workers Union, to fight off attempts by separate union, JUSTICE, to certify NOWU’s employees. Typically, unions try to certify workplaces and Rahul represents workers and employers only. However, this was a unique case where one union was trying to certify another union and Rahul represented National Organized Workers Union in their capacity as an employer.
Rahul is an active contributor to the legal and broader community. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association – Labour and Employment Section, and South Asian Bar Association.
All Blog Posts By Rahul Soni
- Is Insubordination Just Cause for Termination In Canada?
- Is My Non-Compete Clause Enforceable In Canada?
- Can I Claim Constructive Dismissal In Canada If I Resign In Canada?
- Does Severance Pay Affect My Disability Benefits?
- Are Your an Employee, Independent Contractor, or Dependent Contractor? Foodora Case Summary
- T4 Slip: Deadlines, summary and what information employers need to include
- Economically ‘dependent contractors’ in Ontario entitled to reasonable notice period
- Does a business have to reimburse all expenses? Travel allowance explained
- How much do you get paid during maternity leave?
- Is nepotism in the workplace illegal?
- Employee health benefits in Ontario explained
- Ontario’s confusing vacation days and leave explained (hint: it’s mostly unpaid)
- Passed over for a promotion? These reasons are illegal
- Your Pay Stub Explained
- Demystifying ‘employee misconduct’
- Can an Employee Receiving Long Term Disability Benefits be Fired?
- Work in Ontario? Your Severance Pay May Have Just Taken a Hit
- Can Facebook Ads (Accidentally) Fall Foul of Employment Discrimination in Hiring
- Resignation Letter Can be Taken Back Else Wrongful Dismissal Ontario Court of Appeal Says
- Don’t Wait! You Have to Stop Workplace Harassment Now
- Know Your Rights: 5 Examples to Help You Understand Wrongful Dismissal
- How to ask for stress leave from your doctor? A break may be better than burnout
- Following a Wrongful Termination: Employee’s Duty to Mitigate
- How can sexual harassment in the workplace lead to constructive dismissal?
- The Significance of The Equal Pay Act Canada. What’s In It For You?
- What rights do you have if you are in ‘at will’ employment?
- Are You Aware of The New Law That Changes The Way Overtime Pay Is Calculated?
- Confused About EI For Self Employed? All Your Questions Answered
- Can I Be Dismissed For Insubordination? Learn About What The Canadian Law Says
- Trying To Understand Maternity Leave, Ontario? Here Is Everything You Need To Know
- Concerned About a Wrongful Dismissal? Find Out How You Can Contest It
- Looking to Learn More About Severance Pay? Here Is All That You Need To Know
- T4 vs. Incorporated Contract Laborers: Learn The Difference
- All About the Ontario Government’s Pay Transparency Legislation
- Connection between Human Rights Law and Pregnancy
- Can a Negative Employment Reference be Considered Defamation?
- Your Rights on Medical Leave
- Calculating Overtime Payments in Ontario
- How Would Ontario’s Proposed “Pay Transparency” Bill Effect Employers and Employees?
- A New Minimum Wage in Ontario
- Municipalities Should Focus on Why over How Much
- Ontario Court Looks at Private Facebook Photograph Rules
- Humpty Dumpty’s Philosophy on Compensatory Damages
- Ontario Court of Appeals Gives Clarity to “Catastrophic Impairment”
- Ontario’s Superior Court Certifies Class Action Against Rail Companies
- Law Society of Upper Canada Looks at Articling Reform
- Monster Energy Accused of Causing Teen’s Death