Ilija Dimeski, B.A. (Hons), J.D., Notary Public
After immigrating to Canada at the age of 10, and witnessing his family navigate the transition to a completely new lifestyle, often involving working in labour intensive conditions with little protection, Ilija understands the struggles faced by new immigrants and workers. The inequality in bargaining power that workers experience has led Ilija to pursue a career where he can help balance the scales of justice by holding employers accountable.
Ilija has worked at three different legal clinics where he successfully advocated for low income individuals in an array of legal issues. Ilija has also worked in private practice, working for a leading Toronto labour and employment firm representing workers in both union and non-union sectors.
Ilija has successfully litigated before the:
[+] Ontario Labour Relations Board
[+] Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
[+] Ontario Court of Justice
[+] Social Benefits Tribunal
[+] Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Prior to practicing law, Ilija tirelessly advocated for the fair treatment of employees by representing them at disciplinary meetings, grievance procedures, and in collective bargaining negotiations.
In his spare time, Ilija enjoys spending time with his family, camping, carpentry, playing guitar, and riding his motorcycle. You can also find him volunteering at the local soup kitchen. His devotion to helping others in the community has been recognized by several institutions, and has received the Volunteer Service Award by the Government of Ontario and the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.
EMPLOYMENT LAW CASES
- Claim #0008416-CL000 (2021)
- Obtained termination pay on behalf of a worker twice. The first, due to their employment contract ending earlier as a result of an "administrative error" by the company, the second, due to their employment contract ending as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Claim #0008277-CL000 (2021)
- Obtained termination pay on behalf of a worker whose employment contract was terminated before its expiry.
- Claim #0007516-CL000 (2021)
- Obtained termination pay on behalf of a worker who was terminated for allegedly violating a Company Policy on COVID-19. The Ministry of Labour found that the COVID-19 Company Policy was unenforceable as it attempted to control what a worker would be doing while off-duty.
- Claim #0003450-CL000 (2020)
- Obtained termination pay on behalf of a worker who was terminated from their employment after not attending their scheduled shift. Made successful submissions for claim to be processed despite being filed beyond the 2 year statutory limitation period.
- Claim #70221579-7 (2019)
- Obtained termination pay on behalf of a worker who was terminated from their employment after missing 45 days of work.
- Claim #0007888-CL000 (2021)
- Obtained unpaid wages on behalf of a worker whose employer unlawfully deducted more time for break/lunch time from the worker's total hours. In addition, successfully obtained holiday pay and vacation pay.
- Claims #0006582-CL000, 0008257‐CL000, 0007268‐CL000, 0007063‐CL000, 0008277-CL000 (2021)
- Successfully obtained holiday pay and vacation pay on behalf of workers
- Claim #70221579-7 (2019)
- Successfully obtained holiday pay on behalf of a worker.
HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CASES
Sexual Harassment (Gender) Discrimination
- 2021 HRTO 79 (CanLII)
- Successfully litigated at the Human Rights Tribunal on four procedural issues. Persuaded the Tribunal to admit an audio recording as evidence and ensured that the personal respondent not be removed as a party in a case involving discrimination and sexual harassment.
- 2020 HRTO 720 (CanLII)
- Representing an injured worker at the Human Rights Tribunal
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY LAW CASES
Reprisal for Raising Health & Safety Concerns
- 2021 CanLII 39057 (ON LRB)
- Represented a worker before the Ontario Labour Relations Board claiming reprisal for bringing up health and safety concerns in the workplace. Successfully litigated in achieving a finding that substituted the penalty of termination under s.50(7) of OHSA. The Board also took judicial notice that exposure to isopropyl alcohol can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and skin.
WSIB (WORKERS' COMPENSATION) LAW CASES
Loss of Earnings Benefits
- Claim #31787909 (2021)
- Represented an injured worker before the WSIB after he injured his hands while at work. Successfully obtained full loss of earnings benefits and health care.
PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CASES
R. v. Desbiens (2019)
- Successfully litigated before the Ontario Court of Justice achieving a 'not guilty' verdict for a woman who was charged with assault after defending herself from her ex-boyfriend.
- Successfully litigated a reinstatement of social assistance and significant reduction of over-payment before the Social Benefits Tribunal.
- Successfully litigated before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and secured an award close to the statutory maximum at the time ($25,000) on behalf of a victim of childhood sexual and physical abuse.
Note: Past results are not indicative of future results and the amount recovered and outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.
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