Sean J. O'Donnell

Sean J. O'Donnell
SJO Legal P.C.
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Human Rights

Sean O’Donnell, founder and principal of SJO Legal in Toronto, focuses on employment law, human rights, and civil litigation.

He graduated with a certificate in American business practice in administration and management in 2005 from the University of Tulsa, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University Belfast in 2006. Mr. O’Donnell was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Focusing on advocacy, Mr. O’Donnell handles matters relating to employment law, human rights and civil litigation for individuals, national and international corporations, and governments.

He assists his clients with employment law cases, including drafting and interpreting employment contracts and policies, workplace investigations, employment standards, severance packages, wrongful and constructive dismissal, and compliance with provincial and federal laws.

Regarding human rights, Mr. O’Donnell advises employees and employers on matters such as the accommodation of disabilities and family status issues, as well as discrimination and harassment matters.

In his civil litigation practice, Mr. O’Donnell handles trials, appeals, motions, discoveries, and mediations and arbitrations in the areas of contract disputes, class actions, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, professional liability, administrative law, landlord and tenant law, enforcement of judgments, and Liquor Licence Act matters.

In addition, Mr. O’Donnell is a licensing process tutor for the Law Society of Ontario in civil litigation and professional responsibility.

Sean J. O'Donnell Posts

Don't just quit when faced with constructive dismissal

In the final instalment of a two-part series on constructive dismissal, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell discusses why employees should avoid quitting in constructive dismissal situations, if possible. Read more

Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases: lawyers

TORONTO — A shortage of adjudicators at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) is causing widespread delays that some lawyers say could undermine cases, prolong conflicts and discourage vulnerable people from seeking relief. Read more

Constructive dismissal: the basics

In the first instalment of a two-part series on constructive dismissal, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell discusses the legal basics. Read more

Right to disconnect could benefit employers, employees

A legislated “right to disconnect” could yield benefits for employers, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell tells Read more

Award for moral damages without medical evidence good news for workers

A judge’s decision to award a fired executive moral damages without requiring medical evidence is a boost for employees, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell tells Read more

$75,000 human rights damages award should have been higher

The owner of a tattoo parlour is lucky he didn’t have to pay more than the $75,000 ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Sean O’Donnell. Read more

Situation for former Sears employees 'pretty bleak:' O’Donnell

TORONTO — An Ontario judge has given Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it's under creditor protection. Read more

Employers should take steps to accommodate SAD

Although winter will soon be over, some individuals may continue to suffer from the mood disorder formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — and employers who dismiss a request to accommodate it do so at their peril, Toronto employment, human rights and civil litigation lawyer Sean O’Donnell writes in The Lawyers Weekly . Read more