Danielle Allen

2012-2015 Former Graduate Student Fellow

Danielle is a Master of Laws student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Global Studies.

For her Master’s thesis, Danielle is researching why low-skilled temporary foreign workers in British Columbia have difficulty enforcing their workplace rights. This includes the right to overtime pay, the right a safe workplace, the right to equal treatment and the right to compensation for a workplace injury. Danielle’s focus is a case study of low-skilled temporary foreign workers in the British Columbian hospitality sector, including workplaces such as fast food chains, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels and tourist resorts.

Danielle’s research explores how workplace rights are limited by culture, identity, location and immigration status.  She is interested in the role law can play in achieving social justice in a globalizing world, where the flow of migrant workers across borders is regulated by multiple legal frameworks, from provincial, to federal, to transnational.

Danielle’s research interests include employment law, immigration law, administrative law, human geography, workers’ compensation and health and safety in the workplace.

Before coming to the University of Victoria, Danielle practised law in Toronto.  Danielle worked as Tribunal Counsel to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), as a labour and employment lawyer at Sherrard Kuzz LLP and as a Community Legal Worker at the Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario (IAVGO, a community legal clinic).  Danielle is thrilled to connect with the talented community of researchers at CFGS.