The Forte Law Team

Forte Law, Employment Lawyers, Surrey BC


Legal Problems at Work?

We can help.


Employment Law and Workplace Human Rights is all we do.

For Employees

We have helped many employees tackle:

  • Severance Package Review and Negotiation
  • Employment Offer Review and Negotiation
  • Exit Strategies and Non-Competition Clauses
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Other workplace issues - too many to list!
For Employers

We work with businesses of all sizes on:

  • Employment Contracts and Offer Letters
  • Performance Management
  • Discipline and Termination of Employment
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employment Policies
  • Manager training on Human Rights and Employment Law
  • Other workplace issues - too many to list!


Employment Law Solutions to Reduce or Eliminate Workplace Conflict


Employment Law is all we do

We only advise on employment law and workplace human rights. With 13 years of collective experience, we have worked with hundreds of employee and employer clients.

Practical and Compassionate

We care about our clients

We love solving problems. We also love getting to know our clients and their work. We give straightforward advice and don't sugarcoat. You will know where you stand.

Empowering Clients with Knowledge

You will understand your rights

Our job is to help you understand your rights and your options. Once you have knowledge, you have the power to take control of the situation.

Transparent and Cost-Effective Fees

You will know what it costs

In most cases, we offer a flat fee for an initial consultation so you know exactly what it will cost to get your questions answered. We have flexible fee arrangements, and take some files on contingency. We always give cost estimates, and we will do a cost-benefit analysis at every stage.

Local and Community Integration

Based in Surrey, BC

At Forte Law, we are all locals. After years of working for leading firms in Vancouver, we are very happy to have eliminated our commutes and to be serving clients in our community.

Don't Live in Surrey? We can still help

We have advised employees across BC

We have worked with clients from Vancouver Island, Northern BC and in the Interior. We can handle almost any issue by email or phone.


What our clients are saying about our service

Employee Client

(name withheld for confidentiality) Vancouver, BC

Sara is a terrific lawyer that has been so valuable to me! Whether reviewing contracts before signing or handling unexpected challenges as they arise - Sara has always been professional, supportive, and timely. When you're looking for someone you can trust in these important moments - I'm so grateful that I can count on Sara!
[Source - Google Review]

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Sara Forte

Sara Forte

Employment Lawyer and Founder

I am an employment lawyer, and have practiced exclusively in the areas of employment/labour law, and workplace human rights since 2004. Solving work-related legal problems is all that I do, from hiring to firing, and everything in between.I grew up in Langley, BC. After attending law school in Ontario and working and living in Vancouver for a few years, my valley girl roots brought me back home to South Surrey to raise my own young family.Read more

Christie Gilmour, Employment Lawyer

Christie Gilmour

Employment Lawyer

I am an employment lawyer, and practice exclusively in the areas of employment law, and workplace human rights. Solving work-related legal problems is all that I do, from hiring to firing, and everything in between.I was raised in South Surrey and am now raising my own family in White Rock. After attending law school in Halifax and 6 years of practicing law with a firm in Vancouver, I joined Forte Law in Surrey in 2017. I am excited to be serving clients in this great community.Read more

Nicki Isaac Legal Assistant

Nicki Isaac

Legal Assistant

Nicki joined Forte Law in 2017, and brings with her many years of experience working with a major national law firm in Vancouver. Nicki takes all of the incoming calls at our office and does all of our new client bookings. When she is not at work, Nicki can be found in her garden or walking her dogs with her husband around Delta.


We have been interviewed as employment law experts for TV, radio and print news.

Snow day daycare crunch

Feb 06, 2017
Snow days can put a lot of pressure on parents., who are often forced to scramble for child care at the last minute. But what if you can’t find anyone, and you’re worried about your job? Aaron McArthur has the details.


Need to take a snow day for your kids?

Feb 06, 2017
"Working parents are worried this is going to negatively impact them if they can't make it in," Sara Forte told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.

"Parents are legally obligated to take care of your children, and if they're not able to provide alternate care, for instance, you have a kindergartener, you just have to stay home with them."

Forte says B.C.'s Human Rights Code has protections which guard against discrimination based on one's family status.

What to do when you’ve lost your job

October 25, 2013
So how can you tell if you’re eligible for a severance package in the first place?

“If you have worked somewhere for more than three months, and you are not being fired ‘for cause’, then you should get some amount of severance, though the amount you are entitled to receive varies dramatically,” Forte says.