Michelle E. Phillips is a Shareholder in the White Plains office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor s degree summa cum laude from Clark University in 1985, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1984. She received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1988. She is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Phillips handles various types of employment litigation, with an emphasis on sexual harassment matters. She also counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment matters concerning federal and state employment laws. She frequently conducts and advises clients on internal investigations and leads employment discrimination and sexual harassment seminars and in-house diversity training programs for clients.
Ms. Phillips has authored a number of leading articles on sexual harassment, including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Favoritism In The Gay Nineties”, presented at the 1999 N.Y.U. Conference on Sexual Harassment In The Workplace; Confidential Allegations: What to Do? Employers Must Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims, featured on the front page of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York Law Journal; Psychiatric Experts in Sexual Harassment Cases: A Critical Component of Defendant s Arsenal, published in the New Jersey Law Journal; and an article regarding vicarious liability of supervisors post-Farragher, published in the Sexual Harassment Litigation Reporter.
Michelle regularly presents as a lead panelist on employment law issues, such as at Yale Law School, New York Law School, HRNY, SHRM(Conn. & NY), Out & Equal Workplace Advocates & NGLCC's National Conferences. Michelle has been quoted in Business Week, Lawyers Weekly, U.S.A. and the Washington Post regarding sexual harassment and prevention issues. She is a Member of the firm's Diversity Committee and regularly counsels clients on diversity strategic plans, diversity training and employee resource groups.
As a former member of the Women in the Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, she organized a sexual harassment seminar, Sexual Harassment: In Whose Eyes?, that was endorsed by over ten bar associations committees and was widely attended by both public and private sector clients. As a former member of the Committee on Military Affairs and Justice, she assisted with a seminar sponsored by the New York City Bar Association concerning Sexual Harassment In The Military.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Member, Executive Committee Board, International Community Service Day Foundation, 1994-1996
•President, Executive Committee Board, International Community Service Day Foundation, 1996-1999
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Favortism in the 'Gay Nineties.' Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
EEOC Guidance on Sexual Harassment for Supervisors
Sexual Harassment Litigation Reporter (August 1999) [Author]
Confidential Allegations: Employers Must Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims
New York Law Journal (September 8, 1997) [Author]
Psychiatric Experts in Sexual Harassment Cases
New Jersey Law Journal (October 1996) [Author]