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Michelle E. Phillips

Principal
New York Metro
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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April 4, 2019
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Michelle Phillips Comments on the Uptick of Workplace Harassment Reports in the #MeToo Era

April 4, 2019

Michelle Phillips comments on the increase of workplace harassment claims since the #MeToo movement spiked in late 2017 in "Internal Workplace Harassment Claims Surge Amid #MeToo," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 15, 2019
SHRM

Michelle Phillips Discusses Why Multistate Businesses Are Considering Broader LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies

February 15, 2019

Michelle Phillips discusses why businesses with locations in multiple states are considering adopting inclusive employee protections in "Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 15, 2019
Bloomberg Law

Michelle Phillips Discusses Implications of Joint Employer Liability and Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Complaints

February 15, 2019

Michelle Phillips discusses the implications of employers contracting with staffing agencies or using contract workers on-site, investigating and resolving sexual harassment and discrimination complaints in "Avoiding Joint Bias Liability Requires More Than Just Contracts," published by Bloomberg Law.  Subscription... Read More

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April 22, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on LGBTQ Workplace Protections under Title VII

April 22, 2019

Whether LGTBQ employees are protected from employment discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court next term. The Court has agreed to hear three cases to determine: Whether Title VII’s ban on “sex”-based discrimination prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation; and... Read More

March 29, 2019

March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 29, 2019

Gender identity, transgender status, gender non-conformance, and workplace gender transitions are timely topics, both societally and within workplaces. March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, which aims to celebrate transgender people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by them. Jackson Lewis has been fortunate... Read More

February 26, 2019

New York City and State Expand Protections for Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming Workers

February 26, 2019

Protections for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming employees in New York have been given a boost. Significant changes to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) will expand the scope of prohibited discriminatory conduct. Additionally, New York State has enacted the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA),... 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