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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 11, 2019
Bloomberg Business

Michelle Phillips Comments on Implications of Harvey Weinstein's Tentative Deal To Settle Sex Claims

December 11, 2019

Michelle Phillips comments on the implications of Harvey Weinstein's tentative $47M settlement in sexual misconduct suits and its impact on employers in the workplace in "Harvey Weinstein Sex Abuse Settlement Is Not an ‘Oh, Wow’ Number," published by Bloomberg News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 27, 2019

Michelle Phillips Discusses Cautionary Tales from Workplace Holiday Parties

November 27, 2019

Michelle Phillips discusses what employers can learn from holiday parties gone awry in "5 Nightmares Before Christmas: True Holiday Party Tales," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 8, 2019
Bloomberg Law

Michelle Phillips Comments on the Surge of Charges Filed Alleging Workplace Discrimination Against LGBTQ Employees

October 8, 2019

Michelle Phillips comments on the increase of charges filed with the EEOC alleging LGBTQ-based sex discrimination in “High Court LGBTQ Decision Could Upend Sex-Stereotyping Bias,” published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 7, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on LGBTQ+ Workplace Protections under Title VII

October 7, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument on October 8, 2019, in three high-stakes cases that will decide whether LGTBQ+ employees are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The cases before the Court are Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623, Bostock v. Clayton County... Read More

July 9, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2018-2019

July 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended in June 2019 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class actions, arbitration, and administrative exhaustion and Title VII claims. Class Actions, Arbitration The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary,... Read More

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

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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