Ms. Phillips is a featured speaker at HRNY, NY and CT SHRM, ACC Corporate Counsel, Out & Equal Workplace Conference and other prominent organizations. Ms. Phillips conducts training on race, ethnic, intergenerational, interfaith, LGBT & other inclusion issues. She is a national speaker on such issues as an employer's duty to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees, sexual stereotyping in the workplace, and respecting each individual's gender identity and expression.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•International Community Service Day Foundation, Executive Committee Board President (1996-1999); Executive Committee Board Member (1994-1996)
• Sexual Harassment and Sexual Favoritism 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]
In the News
May 3, 2019
Michelle Phillips Comments on Upcoming Supreme Court Decision for Title VII protections
Michelle Phillips discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the question of whether LGBT workers are protected by Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination in Roberts Seen As Swing Vote In High Court LGBT Rights Case, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article
April 29, 2019
Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of a Former Police Officer's Sex Bias Trial Win
Michelle Phillips comments on the implications of Tinsley v. City of Charlotte where a police officer was fired after a female coworker accused him of rape in Charlotte Must Pay Male Officer Additional $1.7M for Sex Bias, published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article
April 4, 2019
Michelle Phillips Comments on the Uptick of Workplace Harassment Reports in the #MeToo Era
Michelle Phillips comments on the increase of workplace harassment claims since the #MeToo movement spiked in late 2017 in Internal Workplace Harassment Claims Surge Amid #MeToo, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article
April 22, 2019
U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on LGBTQ Workplace Protections under Title VII
Whether LGTBQ employees are protected from employment discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court next term. The Court has agreed to hear three cases to determine: Whether Title VII’s ban on “sex”-based discrimination prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation; and...
March 29, 2019
March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility
Gender identity, transgender status, gender non-conformance, and workplace gender transitions are timely topics, both societally and within workplaces. March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, which aims to celebrate transgender people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by them. Jackson Lewis has been fortunate...
February 26, 2019
New York City and State Expand Protections for Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming Workers
Protections for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming employees in New York have been given a boost. Significant changes to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) will expand the scope of prohibited discriminatory conduct. Additionally, New York State has enacted the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA),...
California Workplace Law
California Adds ‘Transgender,’ ‘Gender Nonconforming Individuals’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors
October 30, 2017
Employers subject to California’s mandatory sexual harassment training requirement for supervisors will need to ensure their programs include prevention of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation following an amendment (SB 396) to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
By Michelle E. Phillips, Cary G. Palmer and Sierra Vierra
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