Michelle E. Phillips: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michelle E. Phillips

Principal
White Plains,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone914-872-6899

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • General Employment Litigation
  • Workplace Training
  • Automotive
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Professional Services
 
University Clark University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985
 
Law SchoolNew York University, J.D., 1988
 
Admitted1992, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 1990, New York; 2015, New York - N.D. N.Y.; 1990, New York - S.D. N.Y.; 2003, New York - W.D. N.Y.; 1990, New York - E.D. N.Y.
 
Born1963
 
Biography

Michelle E. Phillips is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She handles various types of employment litigation, with an emphasis on sexual harassment matters.

Ms. Phillips 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 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. She 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, Ms. Phillips 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.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•International Community Service Day Foundation, Executive Committee Board President (1996-1999); Executive Committee Board Member (1994-1996)

Published Works

• Sexual Harassment and Sexual Favortism in the 'Gay Nineties, ' NYU Conference on Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, 1999. [Co-Author]
• 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: A Critical Component of Defendant's Arsenal, New Jersey Law Journal (October 1996) [Author]

Publications

November 17, 2015

School District Faces Government Sanctions under Title IX for Denying Transgender Female Student Access to Locker Rooms

November 17, 2015

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school's girls' sports team to change and shower in the girls' locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held

October 23, 2015

New York Enacts Gender Equity Laws

October 23, 2015

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a number of bills intended to protect and advance women's equality, particularly in the workplace. These laws, signed on October 21, will go into effect on January 19, 2016.WagesIn line with recent legislation enacted in other jurisdictions (see, e.g., our article,

June 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Bans on Same-Sex Marriages, Requires Recognition of Valid Same-Sex Marriages

June 26, 2015

Effectively legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, a divided U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states must issue a license for a marriage between two people of the same-sex and that state prohibitions against same-sex marriages violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples.Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (

Blogs

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law

Transgender Locker Room Policy Eludes School District Facing Government Sanctions Under Title IX
November 22, 2015

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school's girls' sports team to change and shower in the girls' locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held.

By Michelle E. Phillips, Bethany Swaton Wagner and Gregg E. Clifton

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law

Defeating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination on the Field
May 10, 2013

While Jason Collins, the first male professional athlete currently playing on a U.S.

By Michelle E. Phillips

In the News

November 20, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity Committee Newsletter

November 20, 2015

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has

September 21, 2015

SHRM

Michelle Phillips Discusses Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

September 21, 2015

Michelle Phillips discusses religious accommodations in the workplace in SHRM's Are the Kim Davises of the World Protected by Law? Subscription may be required to view article

July 21, 2015

Denver Business Journal

Michelle Phillips, Donna Vetrano Pryor and Nicholas Murray Author What Employers Need to Know About OSHA's New Policy on Transgender Workers

July 21, 2015

Michelle Phillips, Donna Vetrano Pryor and Nicholas Murray authored Strategies: What employers need to know about OSHA's new policy on transgender workers, published in the Denver Business Journal.Subscription may be required to view article

Events

April 27

Hartford, CT

Hartford Breakfast Series - Addressing Transgender Issues in the Workplace

April 27, 2016
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jackson Lewis P.C.
90 State House Square, 8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Stories involving sexual orientation and transgender issues are frequently in the news these days. In this rapi

 
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New York State and New York City Guidance Focus Transgender Discrimination
Ellen M. Bandel,Richard I. Greenberg,Michelle E. Phillips, February 8, 2016
New York State and New York City have issued expansive new guidelines to protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

School District Faces Government Sanctions under Title IX for Denying Transgender Female Student Access to Locker Rooms
Gregg E. Clifton,Michelle E. Phillips,Bethany Swaton Wagner, November 24, 2015
An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil...

New York Enacts Gender Equity Laws
Ellen M. Bandel,Susan M. Corcoran,Richard I. Greenberg,Michelle E. Phillips, October 28, 2015
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a number of bills intended to protect and advance women’s equality, particularly in the workplace. These laws, signed on October 21, will go into effect on January 19, 2016.

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Michelle E. Phillips

44 South Broadway, 14th Floor
White PlainsNY 10601




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