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Omar Ha-Redeye explained the legal concepts of constructive dismissal and privileged communications on Newstalk 1010.
He discussed the recent case of Fernandes v. Marketforce Communications, where the use of a “Reply All” function on email resulted in an employee receiving a message intended for the lawyers where they were discussing her potential termination.
The employer considered this email privileged and sought to have it excluded, while the employee considered the email as constructive dismissal and sued as a result. In the motion to exclude the email, Justice Thomas A. Bielby upheld the decision Mr. Justice Sproat to allow the employee to use the email because it would be unfair to exclude it.
Omar Ha-Redeye spoke to Anita Sharma and Brian Dunstan of Sun News Network on the prospect of Omar Khadr appealing his war crimes charges.
For more, see Slaw.
— Anita Sharma (@AnitaSharma) April 29, 2013
— Brian Dunstan (@BrianDSNNWknd) April 29, 2013
@omarharedeye – You came off really well.Very well-spoken and articulate.I love intelligence.
— Karla Sofen (@KSofen) April 29, 2013
— David Akin (@davidakin) April 29, 2013
The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) hosted its ACTION Party on March 8, 2013 at the Arcadian Court.
An incident at the event involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Sarah Thomson, referred to over social media as “buttgate,” was subsequently covered by media sources which interviewed Omar Ha-Redeye:
Another guest at the function, lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye, said in an interview that Ms. Thomson did complain to him about the alleged incident shortly afterwards.
“She said `He grabbed my ass,’ that’s what she told me,” Mr. Ha-Redeye said.
Lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye confirmed that Ms. Thomson, whom he knows, approached him as they stood a few feet away from Mr. Ford.
“She said `He grabbed my ass,’ that’s what she told me,” Mr. Ha-Redeye said in an interview.
“… It surprised me. I looked at her, she said `Yeah, he’s never done that before any of the other times we’ve taken photos together’. We were in a crowded hallway so I don’t think she wanted to make a scene or anything like that.”
He said he did not personally witness the incident and could only confirm that she spoke to him.
Thomson, the dreadlocked transit advocate and publisher of the Women’s Post, says she arrived at the party with assistant Sarah Patterson and greeted Ford chief of staff Mark Towhey, who said the mayor was upstairs…
Patterson told the Star a shocked-looking Thomson told her about the alleged grab and Florida comment at the event. Omar Ha-Redeye, the next guest waiting in line, says Thomson told him as well.
Omar Ha-Redeye, a politically active lawyer with ties to the Liberal party, attended the event, and confirmed to NOW that after Thomson met with the mayor, she complained that he had grabbed her behind.
“I saw Sarah immediately after she left Rob Ford. So she came around the corner, and she told me about it at that time,” Ha-Redeye said.
Ha-Redeye said he couldn’t say whether Towhey’s description of Thomson being “happy” was accurate.
“I don’t know if I can gauge her in that way, I just know that she wasn’t making a scene. That may just have been a political choice on her behalf, or not wanting to disrupt the event,” he said.
Descriptions of the mayor that evening varied. Omar Ha-Redeye, a lawyer who may have been the first person Ms. Thomson confided in, said the mayor looked like he usually did, a “little socially inept,” not very talkative and avoiding eye contact
Meanwhile, Omar Ha-Redeye, a Toronto lawyer who was also at the party, told CityNews that Thomson told him about the incident immediately after it occurred.
“She did indicate to me that Ford grabbed her ass,” Ha-Redeye said in a phone interview, adding that he didn’t see the alleged incident himself.
Omar Ha-Redeye said he was the first person Thomson talked to after the alleged grab. He was waiting to get his own photo with the mayor, who had sat with his back the corner of the room, when she approached him.
“She told me that (Ford) grabbed her ass,” Ha-Redeye said
Mayor Ford’s statement:
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event to support the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee.
This is an event that is attended by numerous political leaders and where I have been a guest in the past.
Early this morning, false allegations were made regarding a number of disgusting actions. I am shocked, dismayed and surprised. I can say without hesitation that they are absolutely, completely false.
What is more surprising is that a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf on a day where we should be celebrating women across the globe.
This is a day we should all take the time to reflect upon the women in our lives and in our society. It is a day when we can envision the changes we want to make in our communities to ensure that all people are equal and that violence and discrimination against women comes to an end.
— Jude MacDonald (@judemacdonald) March 9, 2013
Omar Ha-Redeye is quoted in the Feb. 22, 2013 issue of the Lawyers Weekly:
“The use of ‘virtual lawyers’ gives us greater capacity to expand and bring more lawyers into our group, which traditional offices simply cannot do given cost constraints,” says Omar Ha-Redeye, principal at Fleet Street Law. “The two main budget line items for any law firm are rent and salaries and we’re attacking both of those costs head on.”
Ha-Redeye says the firm currently uses PC Law Practice Suite, which he considers a great resource for small firms because it includes practice management tips for some of the main practice areas.” But he does offer one caveat about the software: “One of its major shortcomings is that it is not cloud-based, and this is becoming increasingly important as we operate out of multiple offices.”
He referenced the Supreme Court of Canada case in R v. Creighton, and discussed how it could apply here.
Omar Ha-Redeye discussed the case of Penelope Soto in a Miami court with Newstalk1010. Soto was charged with contempt after making an obscene gesture and using profanity directed towards Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat.
Mark Cardwell of Canadian Lawyer magazine interviewed Omar Ha-Redeye on the rise of self-reps across Canada:
Though the numbers of OPCAs — to use Rooke’s newly coined acronym — is unknown, lawyers working on the front lines say the problem is widespread. “I think the fact that the judge even made this ruling suggests how big a problem it is,” says Toronto lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye. “This is a hot issue. Family law is in crisis in Canada.” According to Ha-Redeye, who recently spoke on a panel about self-represented litigants in family law and cost-sensitivity (notably unbundled services), self-representation is soaring across the country. He says two factors are driving people to self-representation: frustration with the cost and access to the legal system, and a lack of legal information that people can access. “Many of them think self-rep is easy,” he says. “But they discover too late that the reality is really quite different.”
I welcome today’s decision by the Court to dismiss the Foulidis lawsuit against me. I will continue fighting to represent the best interests of Toronto taxpayers at City Hall. There is still a lot of work to be done and I will continue to focus on this.
Omar Ha-Redeye spoke to Matt Gurney on Newstalk 1010 about the decision.
Melissa Nelson was a dental assistant working in Iowa for the same dentist for over a decade. Suddenly, she was fired by her boss because his wife thought she threatened their marriage.
Nelson, who was also married, never had an affair with her boss.
An Iowa court ruled that she should not receive damages for gender discrimination. See why on Slaw.
Omar Ha-Redeye spoke to Matt Gurney at Newstalk 1010 about the story, and how it may have played out if it was in Canada.