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Susan M. Kootnekoff

Founder of Inspire Law Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law. Susan's diverse legal career spans over 20 years. During this time she has gained expertise in a variety of areas of the law, including  Employment Law, Drugs, Alcohol and the Workplace, Human Rights, Occupational Health and Safety, as well as...

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You have rights, whether you are an employer or an employee. If you want to learn more about your legal rights, you have come to the right place. We believe everyone should have access to legal representation and information relevant to their workplace situation. Please take a look at our Publications for additional legal information.

Representing clients across BC and Alberta

Welcome to Inspire Law. We are here to help you trouble shoot and solve your legal situations. Whether you are a large business, a small business, an employer or an employee in any field, we are here to help you. At Inspire Law, we are passionate about fairness, and firmly believe that justice ought to be accessible and afforded to all.

Tell Us Your Story

Your case is important to us. One of the advantages we offer over larger law firms is our ability to attend to you, your case and your results. Whether you are an employer or an employee, employment law matters can be very upsetting and can be challenging to navigate on one’s own. At Inspire Law, you will receive focused and attentive help with your case.

Legal Publications

Susan writes a weekly column which is published in the Kelowna Capital News. Slightly modified versions are also posted on this website under Publications.

Landmark Human Rights Award: Francis v. BC Ministry of Justice (No. 5)

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The BC Human Rights Tribunal recently awarded its highest injury to dignity award yet. The recipient was an employee who experienced race-related discrimination at work. The case was heard in two stages. First, the Tribunal decided if discrimination had occurred.  In July, 2019, the BCHRT issued that decision, Francis v. BC Ministry of Justice (No. 3).  That hearing was 13 days long....

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Impact of COVID-19 On Dismissal Notice Periods

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It’s an understatement to say the economy is currently bleak.   Anyone with employment is hanging onto it for dear life. Dismissed employees who are looking for new work face a formidable task. People are told to “stay home”. Many businesses have effectively shut down, or are being told to operate well below capacity. As a result, many businesses and many people are suffering...

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Inspire Law

At Inspire Law, we can assist you with a variety of employment law and other work related legal issues. We are a boutique law practice that is free from many of the demands of a larger law firm. For example, we have low overhead costs , will speak in plain English, and will always handle your case in a personalized, attentive and focused manner. We can help you through your...

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Appointments & Fees

We understand the need for flexible appointment times. We offer meeting times to fit your needs, including evenings and Saturdays. If you would like to discuss your legal situation, please contact us to request a consultation. Reasonable & Transparent Billing At Inspire Law, we also understand your concerns about maintaining reasonable and transparent legal costs.  Typically, the legal services we provide are billed at our regular hourly rates. Once an agreement is made...

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