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Michelle E. Phillips

Principal
White Plains

P 914-872-6899
F 914-946-1216
Michelle.Phillips@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michelle E. Phillips is a Principal in the White Plains office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Phillips is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Ms. Phillips handles various types of employment litigation with an emphasis on sexual and racial harassment and LGBT 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, diversity, sexual harassment and LGBT seminars and webinars for a broad range of clients.

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 & expression. 

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

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

Honors and Recognitions

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Published Works

  • "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]

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October 13, 2017
U.S. News & World Report

Michelle Phillips Discusses How Corporate America is Becoming a Major LGBT Ally

October 13, 2017

Michelle Phillips discusses how corporate America is seeking to promote workplace equality for LGBT people in "Businesses Lead the Way," published by U.S. News & World Report. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

October 12, 2017
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Michelle Phillips Discusses How Companies Can Protect LGBT Employees From Workplace Discrimination

October 12, 2017

Michelle Phillips discusses what companies can do to protect LGBT employees and make them feel accepted in the workplace in "'We will get through Donald Trump.' Companies at Philly conference vow to protect LGBT employees," published by Philly.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 27, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Michelle Phillips Comments on EEOC Reporting for Non-Binary Employees

September 27, 2017

Michelle Phillips comments on reporting non-binary employees on the current EEO-1 form in "When Workers Aren't Male or Female, EEOC Reporting Is Complex," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 5, 2017

Department of Justice Releases Memorandum Restricting Transgender Worker Protection under Title VII

October 5, 2017

On October 4, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s position that gender identity is protected as part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against sex discrimination — taking a position that is contrary to current guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a... Read More

September 27, 2017

Supreme Court Preview: 2017-2018 Term

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its 2017-2018 Term with no shortage of cases significant to employers and businesses. Cases to watch involve questions about employment arbitration agreements, Dodd-Frank Act’s protections of internal whistleblowers, and state laws barring discrimination against LGBTQ people. Arbitration Agreements... Read More

July 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Round Up – 2016-2017

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2017 included a number of decisions important to workplace law, as well as the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although functioning with only eight justices for most of the 2016-2017 term, the Court managed to achieve a strong consensus in each of its employment-related rulings.... Read More

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Oct 24

Washington, DC
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2nd Annual Higher Education Law Summit: Hot Topics for Colleges and Universities

October 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST
3501 Nebraska Ave NW - Washington, DC
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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Sexual Stereotyping & Gender Identity in the Workplace: Recent Developments

September 17, 2015 - 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.

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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. Read More

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. Read More