Eugenia Fowlkes is an associate in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including pre-litigation claims and litigation, as well as preventive advice and counseling.
Eugenia has experience litigating a broad range of employment issues, with a focus on discrimination and retaliation cases, in both federal and state court. In the last year, she has litigated cases involving the New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Eugenia was an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. At the Law Department, Eugenia represented the City of New York in its role as employer of more than a quarter-million workers in cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Equal Pay Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Protection Clause, and the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.
As a second-generation immigrant, Eugenia is a native Spanish speaker. She was born and raised in Arizona by Mexican immigrant parents.
Growing up in a working class, immigrant household, Eugenia witnessed firsthand the dedication it takes to run a business. Her parents started an ice cream truck business in Arizona in 2009, after months of unemployment stemming from the 2008 financial crisis. Eugenia would serve multiple roles, at times working on inventory and sales, as well as helping her parents obtain the necessary licenses and permits from local government agencies. Her parents have continued their ice cream truck business to this day.
In addition to her practice, Eugenia is an adjunct professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she teaches a first-year Lawyering and Legal Writing course.