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Michelle E. Phillips

New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-6899
F 914-946-1216


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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December 14, 2018
Bloomberg Law

Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of Employee Harassment by Customers

December 14, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on the implications of third party harassment against employees in "Companies, Hit With Suits, Find Customer Isn’t Always Right," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 16, 2018
Law 360

Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of Businesses Dropping Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

November 16, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on the implications of companies no longer forcing employees to settle sexual misconduct-related claims in private arbitration in "Employers May Follow Tech Titans' Lead On Arbitration," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

November 7, 2018

Michelle Phillips Comments on Mass. Upholding Transgender Rights Protections

November 7, 2018

Michelle Phillips comments on voters supporting a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity in "Marijuana Legal in More of the U.S.; State Minimum Wages Rise," published by SHRM. Read More

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December 20, 2018

Fitness Industry Legal Update – Winter 2018

December 20, 2018

The increasing number of legislation on public accommodation and transgender restrooms has affected several industries. In the fitness industry, it is important for gyms and fitness clubs and facilities to adopt transgender-inclusive policies that permit transgender club members and employees to use restrooms and locker rooms assigned... Read More

November 5, 2018

What Employers Should Watch For in Election 2018

November 5, 2018

Election Day may result in significant changes in our country’s labor and employment landscape. This article discusses some issues employers should watch closely. Arbitration Congressional Democrats have proposed legislation intended to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling that employers do not violate the National Labor... Read More

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

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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