Search form

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]

See AllMichelle E. Phillips in the News

Showing 1-3 of 90
Newest
Most Read
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

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

Showing 1-3 of 90

See AllPublications

Advanced Filtering
Showing 1-3 of 43
Newest
Most Read
February 1, 2019

New York Legislative Update — 2019 Starts With a Roar

February 1, 2019

The New York State Legislature gaveled in for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session on January 9, 2019, with Democrats in control of all three chambers of New York State government for the first time since the 2008-2009 session. As expected, the Democrats are flexing their muscles and progressive legislation traditionally stalled in a... Read More

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

Showing 1-3 of 43

See AllBlog Posts by Michelle E. Phillips

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