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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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December 11, 2017
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Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips Discuss the Supreme Court Declining to Clarify Sexual Orientation Bias Issue

December 11, 2017

Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips discuss the Supreme Court declining to review a case that would have resolved a circuit split over whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in "Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination," published by SHRM.... Read More

November 20, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Monica Khetarpal and Michelle Phillips Discuss Implications of Employers Firing Over Sex-Linked Conditions

November 20, 2017

Monica Khetarpal and Michelle Phillips discuss Title VII protections and implications of firing employees over conditions affecting only one sex in "Firing Over a Sex-Linked Condition: Is It Discrimination?" published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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

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December 6, 2017

Supreme Court Argument: Baker’s First Amendment Rights vs. Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

December 6, 2017

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for issues at the intersection of civil rights and religious freedoms on December 5, 2017. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111. The Court will decide whether applying Colorado’s Anti-... Read More

October 24, 2017

California Adds ‘Transgender,’ ‘Gender Nonconforming Individuals’ to Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

October 24, 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). On October 15... Read More

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

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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.
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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). Read More

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