Background & Experience
Charles Gordon has been advocating on behalf of trade unions and workers in the fields of labour, human rights and civil litigation for over twenty years. In doing so he has appeared before provincial and federal labour boards, arbitration panels, human rights tribunals and other administrative tribunals and agencies. He has appeared before all levels of court, including the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Charles’ trade union clients operate in numerous industries in both the private and public sectors, both provincially and federally regulated. Charles has also brought cases directly on behalf of workers, including before human rights tribunals and class action litigation before the courts. He has particular expertise in representing unions in complex cases such as successorships, novel human rights claims and cases involving competing experts.
Charles also has extensive experience in litigating issues involving the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He successfully brought a human rights complaint on behalf of 40 foreign workers from Latin America in CUSW, Local 1611, v, SELI Canada, resulting in an award worth $2.4 million. He was co-counsel in a successful class action case brought on behalf of foreign workers employed at Denny’s Restaurants, achieving a settlement of $1.4 million. Charles also challenged the use of TFW’s by H.D. Mining in Federal Court on behalf of two unions, which challenge resulted in the Federal Government making significant changes to restrict the use of temporary foreign workers where there are available Canadian workers.
Charles has been with Koskie Glavin Gordon since 2001, becoming a partner in 2002. Previously, Charles was counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115 for six years and was senior counsel to the B.C. Labour Relations Board, representing the Board at all levels of Court.