Overview

Rika Sawatsky advises employers on a variety of employment and labour law issues, including employment standards, human rights, hiring practices, wrongful dismissal, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, interest arbitrations, and labour grievances. 

She has significant experience in labour litigation. Rika has appeared as co-counsel before various courts, boards and tribunals including the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeals Tribunal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Prior to joining Littler, Rika was an associate at the Toronto office of a global firm, where she also served as an articling student and summer student employee. 

During law school, she was third in her class ex aequo. Rika also was an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Laureate, where she traced judicial, crown, and defence adherence to section 276 of the Criminal Code regarding complainant sexual history evidence, and contributed findings to the 2012 Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Goodwill Envoy Designation

Hyogo Prefecture (Japan)

2011- present

Recognition

Awarded, Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History

University of Ottawa

2014

Recipient, Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa Award

University of Ottawa

2013

Awarded, Merit Scholarship

University of Ottawa

2013

Education

  • J.D., University of Ottawa, 2014 magna cum laude
  • B.A.Sc., McMaster University, 2009 with distinction

Languages

  • Japanese

Bar Admission

Ontario, Canada