Qualification(s): LLB (Hons) and B Arts in International Studies
Cassandra Taylor is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s employment and industrial law team in Sydney, which is part of the only first tier employment law national practice listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide for employee representation. In 2019, she won Lawyers Weekly’s national 30 Under 30 Award for Health and Safety.
Cassandra acts for employees engaged in a diverse range of industries and roles. She has successfully negotiated discreet settlements for clients, which often include the payment of compensation as well as non-financial terms directed at putting them in the best position to find alternative work. The majority of Cassandra’s matters resolve through confidential negotiations/pre-trial.
Cassandra has successfully:
- negotiated a substantial 6-figure compensation package for a managerial employee who experienced adverse action after he made a bullying complaint
- negotiated a 6-figure compensation package for an employee whose employer threatened to terminate her following her attempts to return to work on a part-time basis after a period of parental leave, by asserting contraventions of discrimination legislation
- obtained a 6-figure compensation package for an employee in the retail industry who had been underpaid
- represented a senior manager who had been subjected to a protracted workplace investigation involving his ongoing suspension from the workplace, which resulted in the client returning to work in a different department as well as an apology and acknowledgment from the employer that it had breached its own policies
- assisted numerous employees subjected to unfair and improper workplace investigations by increasing the level or procedural fairness and natural justice that they would otherwise have been afforded, and which have often resulted in allegations against them being unsubstantiated or findings of misconduct being overturned
- assisted victims of sexual harassment and discrimination make complaints to their employers and to NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and Australian Human Rights Commission, which have resulted in settlement outcomes
- assisted victims of workplace bullying make applications to the Fair Work Commission seeking orders to stop the bullying, and
- assisted employees who have a disability in obtaining reasonable adjustments to their employment conditions in order to accommodate their disability.
When litigation is necessary and recommended by Cassandra, she is experienced in litigating matters in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Fair Work Commission, and Industrial Relations Commission. She also regularly represents clients in mediations and conciliation conferences.
Cassandra also works on matters in Maurice Blackburn's Social Justice Practice. She provided pro bono assistance to numerous workers who were underpaid by 7-Eleven and succeeded in obtaining substantial compensation payments for them. She has also provided pro bono representation to a transgender client who was discriminated against by her employer, and achieved a settlement outcome that included a payment of general damages.
“I practice employment and industrial law because I want to ensure that workers are given a voice and a fighting chance,” says Cassandra.
“Not only do I perceive an inherent power imbalance between employers and employees, but I also find that many employees are unaware of their rights and entitlements until they seek legal advice. There is something innately satisfying in being able to come to work and assist employees to stand up for themselves.”
Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours as well as a Bachelor in International Studies, and was admitted to practice in 2015.
Outside of employment law, Cassandra is passionate about the environment, animal rights, refugee rights, Indigenous rights and human rights. While studying at university, she worked at Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre, the Australian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International Australia.
Cassandra continues to pursue these interests by volunteering at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and being heavily involved in Maurice Blackburn’s various social justice committees. Cassandra is co-convenor of the NSW Women’s Network and convenor of its Women in Unions Subcommittee. She is also the state convenor for Maurice Blackburn’s LGBTIQ network, which is called PRIDE.
Accreditations and memberships
- Law Society of NSW member
- New South Wales Young Lawyers member
- New South Wales Young Lawyers Workplace and Safety Law committee member
- Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales member
- Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales executive committee member
- Maurice Blackburn’s Women’s Network NSW co-convenor
- Maurice Blackburn’s PRIDE Network NSW convenor
- Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Health and Safety Award winner 2019