Ms. Petroski’s practice focuses on employment litigation, as well as advice and counsel on all employment and labor issues. She has handled labor and employment cases throughout the Midwest, successfully defending some of the nation’s largest corporations.
Ms. Petroski has significant experience advising clients and handling multi-plaintiff claims under Title VII, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Her experience includes handling charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the National Labor Relations Board. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation and arbitration.
In addition, Ms. Petroski specializes in counseling and advising clients on FMLA compliance, ADA compliance, disciplinary actions, employment policies, workplace privacy, and document retention and management. In addition, she has extensive appellate litigation experience, and has successfully brought and defended appeals before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ms. Petroski returned to practice in Detroit after graduating from law school. During law school Ms. Petroski was employed by the National Employment Lawyers Association and served as a Judicial Extern for the Butte County Superior Court. During her undergraduate study, she participated in the Stanford Program for Overseas Studies at Oxford University.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Seedlings Braille Books for Children, Board Member (2004 - January 2010)
•Employment Discrimination Law. ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2007. [Contributing Editor]
•Workplace Privacy: Balancing an Employee's Right to Privacy with an Employer's Legitimate Need to Know (2007) [Co-Author]
• Protecting the Mentally Disabled in the Workforce, Employee Rights Quarterly 1.1 (2000) [Author]
In the News
June 24, 2016
Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter
Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2016. 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...
Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act: What Employers Need to Know
When February 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.
Employment Trial Report
Jury Award of Emotional Distress Damages Must Be Reduced by Millions, Judge Rules
July 31, 2018
A federal judge in New York has ruled that a plaintiff could recover only a small portion of the $2.5 million a jury awarded him, granting the defendant’s request for the reduction. Saber v. New York State Department of Financial Services, No. 1:15-cv-05944 (S.D. N.Y.
By Emily M. Petroski
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association
•Michigan State Bar Association
•Stanford Club of Michigan
•Stanford in Oxford Advisory Council