Susan D. Friedfel

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  • Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. (905 Attorneys)
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Biography

Susan D. Friedfel is a Principal in the White Plains and New York, New York, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Friedfel collaborates with clients to find practical solutions to the variety of issues that arise in the workplace. She counsels clients in various industries, including law firms, financial institutions, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations, on a wide array of issues. She provides advice and counsel on matters such as:

•employee recruiting and hiring practices
•family and medical leave
•reasonable accommodations for disabilities and religion
•preventing and investigating harassment, discrimination and whistleblower claims
•wage and hour compliance
•discipline and termination of employees
•designing and implementing reductions in force

An experienced litigator, Ms. Friedfel represents employers and management in harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Having substantial experience with academic institutions, Ms. Friedfel understands the unique issues colleges and universities face. In addition to litigating on behalf of and advising Universities regarding the employment issues discussed above, Ms. Friedfel advises clients regarding student claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, failure to accommodate disabilities, discrimination and retaliation, as well as Title IX athletics compliance. Ms. Friedfel represents universities in litigation brought by students and faculty and in OCR investigations. She also advises private k-12 schools, and other organizations that regularly deal with children, with respect to appropriate policies and procedures to avoid misconduct.

Speeches and Presentations

•“Use of External Investigators: Managing Cost and Control” NACUA 2017 Annual Conference (Chicago, Illinois June 2017) (speaker)
•“Walking the Tight Rope: Sexual Misconduct Involving Employees” NACUA CLE Workshop (March 2017) (speaker)
•“Mind over Matter: Managing Faculty and Staff Mental Health Disabilities,” NACUA Annual Meeting (San Francisco, California June 2016) (speaker)
•“Making Sense: Reconciling Obligations under Title VII, Title IX and Campus Save,” NACUA Discrimination Workshop (New Orleans, Louisiana March 2015) (speaker)

In the News

March 15, 2018
Corporate Counsel

Susan Friedfel Discusses Implications of the #MeToo Movement and Faculty-Student Relationships in Higher Education

Susan Friedfel discusses implications of colleges and universities re-evaluating faculty-student relationships in light of the #MeToo movement in What's the GC's Role in Fighting Faculty-Student Sex Harassment in Higher Ed? published by Corporate Counsel.

August 31, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate Sports and Higher Education Practice Groups Offer Customized Training Programs to Satisfy the NCAA’s New Sexual Assault Training Policy

The NCAA Board of Governors has released a new policy governing institutional obligations to educate student-athletes and staff on sexual violence response and prevention. Under the new policy, all colleges and universities must conduct annual education and training for student-athletes and athletics department employees. The NCAA is...

Publications

June 3, 2019

Labor Board to Revisit Right of Graduate Students to Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it will propose rules on the standard for determining whether students who perform services at private colleges or universities in connection with their studies are “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 153(3)), with...

February 4, 2019

State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals

While college, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt many...

January 22, 2019

Remembering Dr. Bernice Sandler, Champion of Title IX

Dr. Bernice Sandler, a prominent activist for gender equality, passed away on January 5, 2019, at the age of 90. Dr. Sandler is well known for her efforts to increase gender equality in education. She was also a vital figure in the development and implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Dr. Sandler began her...

Webinars

Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When

November 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When

November 2, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Title IX Sexual Misconduct - Comprehensive Webinar Series

When

October 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

Blogs

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals
February 5, 2019

While colleges, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt man

By Gregg E. Clifton, John G. Long, Susan D. Friedfel and Monica H. Khetarpal

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association
August 14, 2017

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017.

By Gregg E. Clifton, Susan D. Friedfel, John G. Long and Bethany Swaton Wagner

(Also at New York, NY)

Areas of Practice (2)

  • General Employment Litigation
  • Higher Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
914-872-8027  Phone
914-946-1216  Fax
www.jacksonlewis.com/people/susan-d-friedfel
University Attended:
Cornell University, B.S., School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1999
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., 2002
Year of First Admission:
2003
Admission:
2009, Second Cicuit Court of Appeals; 2004, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2004, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 2003, New York
Memberships:

Professional Associations and Activities

•National Association of College and University Attorneys

Speeches and Presentations

ISLN:
917043770

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