Arbitration, Mediation & Investigation

Ethical, incisive, and socially aware facilitation of workplace dispute resolution.

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Experience and Expertise

Yola Grant has practiced human rights, labour and employment law for 30 years and spent the last decade as an adjudicator, mediator and neutral investigator.  She has a mix of expertise, sensibility, pragmatism and a keen interest in inequality that she uses to assist clients to solve problems. 

Yola currently conducts consensual grievance arbitration and mediation in employment and human rights matters. She also investigates claims of human rights abuses in the workplace and education settings.

Yola has a range of experience with occupational safety, employment standards, workers compensation, and pay equity. She has presented cases before grievance arbitrators, the labour relations board, human rights tribunals, and all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
She recently served as the adjudicative lead (Associate Chair) at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). 

She is known for her expertise in matters relating to anti-Black racism, gender, and age discrimination. Additionally, she has a unique mix of scientific, marketing, and non-profit board governance perspectives that she blends with her legal insights.



Yola accepts consensual appointments to arbitrate employment, labour (grievances) and human rights matters and to conduct reviews or appeals of decisions made under an institution’s internal human rights policy.


Yola conducts consensual mediation in civil cases (wrongful dismissal and other torts), private mediations of human rights claims, and early intervention under workplace harassment and violence policies.


Yola conducts investigations under internal human rights and workplace violence/harassment policies and facilitates confidential inquiries/discussions to identify issues and address dysfunction within a work group.

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