Forte Law Employment Lawyer & Labour Lawyer, Surrey BC. Advising on Employment Law, Labour Law & workplace Human Rights law.

The Forte Law Team | Employment Law, Labour Law, Workplace Human Rights Law


Legal Problems at Work?

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Employment Law, Labour Law & Workplace Human Rights Law is all we do.

For Employees
  • Employee Rights and Workers Rights
  • Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Wrongful Termination
  • Workplace Discrimination and Gender Discrimination
  • Severance Package Review and Negotiation
  • Employment Offer Review and Negotiation
  • Exit Strategies and Non-Competition Clauses
  • Workplace Human Rights Law
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Many other legal issues related to BC & Alberta Labour Laws and BC & Alberta Employment Laws
For Employers
  • Employment Contracts and Offer Letters
  • Performance Management
  • Discipline and Termination of Employment
  • Workplace Human Rights Law
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employment Policies
  • Manager training on Employment Law, Labour Law, and Human Rights Law
  • And more!


Employment Law Solutions to Reduce or Eliminate Workplace Conflict

Experienced Employment Lawyers
Employment Law is all we do We only advise on employment law, labour law, and workplace human rights law. With over 40 years collective experience, we've 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 employer and employee rights

Our job as employment lawyers is to help you understand your legal rights and 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 employment lawyer consultation so you know exactly what it will cost to get your questions answered. We always give cost estimates, and we will do a cost-benefit analysis at every stage.
Local and Community Integration
Based in Surrey, Langley and Calgary At Forte Law, we are all locals. After years working for leading firms in Vancouver, we are very happy to be serving clients in and around our home communities of Surrey, Langley and Calgary.
Don’t live in Surrey, Langley or Calgary? We can still help

We advise employees across BC

We work with clients from as close as Vancouver, Delta, Burnaby, Richmond and Canmore to as far as Vancouver Island, Northern BC and AB and in the Interior. We can assist with almost any employment law issue by email, phone or video call.

Dustin m February 28, 2017

Was recently referred to Sara Forte to have my severance package offer reviewed. Great service, great advice. I would definitely recommend her.

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Sara Forte, Surrey Employment Lawyer, Labour Lawyer, specializing in Employment Law, Labour Law, BC Human Rights Law

Sara Forte

Labour and Employment Lawyer, Founder
I am an employment lawyer & labour lawyer, practicing exclusively in employment law, labour law, and workplace human rights law 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, then working and living outside Surrey for a few years, my valley girl roots brought me back home to South Surrey to raise my own young family.

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Christie Gilmour

Labour and Employment Lawyer
I am an employment lawyer practicing exclusively in employment law and workplace human rights law. 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 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.

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Jim Wu

Employment Lawyer
I am an employment lawyer. Before joining Forte Law in 2019, I ran my own solo employment law practice where I drafted and reviewed job offers and severance packages, and fought for and defended against wrongful dismissal claims. As a former EI adjudicator, I also advise on the ins and outs of Employment Insurance and represent both employees and employers at the Social Security Tribunal.

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Katelynn Denny

Katelynn Denny, Employment Lawyer & Workplace Investigator
I am an employment lawyer and practice exclusively in the areas of employment law and workplace human rights.  I represent both employees and employers in a variety of issues including wrongful dismissal and severance negotiation. I joined Forte Law in 2019 after practicing for several years at a mid-sized firm in the Fraser Valley where I gained experience as a litigator in a wide variety of legal claims. 

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Jessie Hadley, Lawyer, Forte Law Corporation, Surrey, BC, Calgary, Alberta

Jessie Hadley

Labour & Employment Lawyer
As a labour and employment lawyer I’m passionate about empowering my clients to resolve their workplace issues proactively and intelligently. My work has always been driven by my commitment to fairness and integrity, and I feel privileged to be able to provide sound guidance in challenging times and to serve as a trusted advisor and advocate.

I’m now based in my hometown, Calgary - but I have a strong BC connection too, having lived on the West Coast from 1999 to 2019. I’m an active lawyer in both provinces, and from our Calgary office I’m well positioned to support Forte Law’s clients across both Alberta and BC.

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Jessica Forman, Lawyer, Forte Law Corporation, Surrey, BC

Jessica Forman

Employment Lawyer
I am originally from Southern California where I attended law school and practiced as a commercial litigator in a large U.S firm for several years. I relocated to Richmond, B.C. over 10 years ago with my husband and three kids and worked for a large regional firm in Vancouver for several years before deciding to focus my practice on employment law. I have spent the past five years working with employees and employers to avoid workplace conflicts as well as assisting them with litigation as the situations arise.

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Amy Frankel, Lawyer, Forte Law Corporation, Surrey, BC

Amy Frankel

Employment Lawyer
I am an employment lawyer with more than 20 years of experience working in-house with HR and leadership teams from start-ups to global brands. Supporting employees and employers to create respectful, compliant workplaces and reach resolutions when there are challenges in the employment relationship is truly my passion.

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Catalina Rodriguez

Catalina Rodriguez

Employment Lawyer & Workplace Investigator
I have been practicing employment and labour law in B.C. since 2006. My experience as a workplace lawyer includes private practice with a large national firm representing companies, and with a boutique firm representing mostly employees. I have also been in-house counsel for employment matters for a large retailer and prior to joining Forte Law, I was head of employee relations for the Canada operations of a global bank. I am a workplace investigator, with particular expertise in bullying, harassment and fraud issues. I have a passion for practical advise, and for dedicated client service.

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Nicki Isaac

Legal Assistant
Nicki joined Forte Law in 2017, and brings with her many years experience working with a major national law firm. Nicki takes all 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.

Michele Elijah

Michele joined Forte Law in 2021 after many years of experience working as a paralegal in leading Fraser Valley firms. Michele manages all of our litigation files, and keeps our clients’ court actions running like clockwork. Camping in the great outdoors, spending time with her husband and dog keep Michele busy outside of work.

BC Employment Laws Blog

Our thoughts on all things Employment Law. The information in this blog applies to non-union employees in accordance with BC Employment Law.


We have been interviewed as experts in in Employment Law, Labour Law & BC Human Rights Law for TV, radio and print news.

Driver for Surrey daycare caught using cellphone at stop light
Sep 28, 2017

The driver of a daycare minibus has lost her job after police caught her using her cellphone behind the wheel in Surrey. .

B.C. government investigates company for not paying employees

Sep 27, 2017

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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.

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