Jennifer Tassone

Legal Advocate

Human Rights Clinic - HRC

Contact Information:

604-673-3131

jtassone@clasbc.net

 

Jennifer's Legal Administrative Assistant:

Julie Craig

604-673-3133

jcraig@clasbc.net 

 

Biography

After graduating from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2008, Jennifer moved to British Columbia and practiced primarily in the areas of criminal and family law. Following her time in private practice, she spent most of her legal career in quasi legal positions advocating for social justice issues and equitable treatment for all human beings.

As a Resolution Manager, Jennifer represented the federal government in largest class action settlement in Canadian history involving the historical physical and sexual abuse that took place at Indian Residential Schools. Under the premise of reconciliation, she had the privilege to meet numerous Residential School Survivors and issue an apology on Canada's behalf. She felt privileged to partake in work of historical significance which addressed the issues created by the residential school legacy. 

As an Industrial Relations Officer with the BC Public Service, Jennifer mediated and adjudicated disputes filed under the Employment Standards Act. In applying the Act, she worked with both employers and employees to foster the development of a productive and efficient labour force that can contribute fully to the prosperity of British Columbia by ensuring that employees receive at least basic standards of compensation and conditions of employment.

In her current role at the Community Legal Assistance Society, Jennifer advocates on behalf of individuals who experienced discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics in the Human Rights Code. She appears before the Human Rights Tribunal and works towards settling complaints in a fair and expedient manner under the premise that all people are entitled equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in specific areas such as jobs, housing and services. She feels privileged to advocate on behalf of British Columbians to promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights in order to foster a society with no impediments to full and free participation in economic, social, political and cultural life.