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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, NY, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Phillips is a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Phillips handles various types of employment litigation with an emphasis on sexual, racial and disability harassment, and LGBT matters. She also counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment matters concerning federal and state employment laws. Ms. Phillips frequently conducts and advises clients on internal investigations and leads seminars and webinars for a broad range of clients focusing on employment discrimination, diversity, sexual harassment and LGBT issues.

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)

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 5, 2018
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Michelle Phillips Discusses How #MeToo Has Changed Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

October 5, 2018

Michelle Phillips discusses the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement and how it has changed the conversation surrounding sexual misconduct in the workplace in "#MeToo Changed Workplaces, But That's Just A Start," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 3, 2018
Bloomberg Law

Michelle Phillips Discusses States With #MeToo Inspired Laws

October 3, 2018

 Michelle Phillips discusses the implications of states that have enacted #MeToo-related laws affecting public and private employers in "States Take Up #MeToo Mantle in Year After Weinstein," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 10, 2018
Law 360

Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of Limiting Severance Packages for Allegations of Sexual Harassment

September 10, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on implications of employers limiting severance payouts due to wrongdoing or unlawful behavior, such as sexual harassment in "3 Takeaways After #MeToo Fells CBS Chief Moonves," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 2, 2018

New York State Issues Final Guidance Regarding Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

October 2, 2018

The State of New York has issued final guidance on combating sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes updated guidance on the mandatory sexual harassment prevention policies and annual employee training applicable to employers in New York beginning October 9, 2018. The updated final guidance and other resources, including a... Read More

June 28, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2017-2018

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. The Court also examined who is a “... Read More

June 13, 2018

New Hampshire Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

June 13, 2018

New Hampshire became the 20th state in the country to prohibit discrimination of all forms based upon gender identity when Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 1319 into law on June 8, 2018. The law goes into effect on July 8, 2018. House Bill 1319 adds “gender identity” to the list of protected classes under the New Hampshire Law... Read More

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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

By Michelle E. Phillips, Bethany Swaton Wagner and Gregg E. Clifton

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