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Susan D. Friedfel

Principal
New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-8027
F 914-946-1216
Susan.Friedfel@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Susan D. Friedfel is a Principal in the White Plains and New York, New York, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Friedfel collaborates with clients to find practical solutions to the variety of issues that arise in the workplace. She counsels clients in various industries, including law firms, financial institutions, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations, on a wide array of issues. She provides advice and counsel on matters such as:

  • employee recruiting and hiring practices
  • family and medical leave
  • reasonable accommodations for disabilities and religion
  • preventing and investigating harassment, discrimination and whistleblower claims
  • wage and hour compliance
  • discipline and termination of employees
  • designing and implementing reductions in force

An experienced litigator, Ms. Friedfel represents employers and management in harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate, and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. 

Having substantial experience with academic institutions, Ms. Friedfel understands the unique issues colleges and universities face. In addition to litigating on behalf of and advising Universities regarding the employment issues discussed above, Ms. Friedfel advises clients regarding student claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, failure to accommodate disabilities, discrimination and retaliation, as well as Title IX athletics compliance. Ms. Friedfel represents universities in litigation brought by students and faculty and in OCR investigations. She also advises private k-12 schools, and other organizations that regularly deal with children, with respect to appropriate policies and procedures to avoid misconduct.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Use of External Investigators: Managing Cost and Control” NACUA 2017 Annual Conference (Chicago, Illinois June 2017) (speaker)
  • “Walking the Tight Rope: Sexual Misconduct Involving Employees” NACUA CLE Workshop (March 2017) (speaker)
  • “Mind over Matter: Managing Faculty and Staff Mental Health Disabilities,” NACUA Annual Meeting (San Francisco, California June 2016) (speaker)
  • “Making Sense: Reconciling Obligations under Title VII, Title IX and Campus Save,” NACUA Discrimination Workshop (New Orleans, Louisiana March 2015) (speaker)

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March 15, 2018
Corporate Counsel

Susan Friedfel Discusses Implications of the #MeToo Movement and Faculty-Student Relationships in Higher Education

March 15, 2018

Susan Friedfel discusses implications of colleges and universities re-evaluating faculty-student relationships in light of the #MeToo movement in "What's the GC's Role in Fighting Faculty-Student Sex Harassment in Higher Ed?" published by Corporate Counsel. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 31, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate Sports and Higher Education Practice Groups Offer Customized Training Programs to Satisfy the NCAA’s New Sexual Assault Training Policy

August 31, 2017

The NCAA Board of Governors has released a new policy governing institutional obligations to educate student-athletes and staff on sexual violence response and prevention. Under the new policy, all colleges and universities must conduct annual education and training for student-athletes and athletics department employees. The NCAA is... Read More

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September 20, 2019

NLRB Proposes Rule to Exclude Student Workers at Private Colleges, Universities from NLRA Coverage

September 20, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish that “students who perform any services for compensation, including, but not limited to, teaching or research, at a private college or university in connection with their studies are not ‘employees’ within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the... Read More

August 16, 2019

Circuit Split on Student’s Due Process Right to Cross-Examination in Title IX Matters

August 16, 2019

Constitutional due process does not mean a student accused of assault has the right to directly cross-examine his accuser in adjudications under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 at state institutions of higher education, the federal appeals court in Boston has held. Haidak v. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, No. 18-1248 (... Read More

June 3, 2019

Labor Board to Revisit Right of Graduate Students to Unionize

June 3, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it will propose rules on the standard for determining whether students who perform services at private colleges or universities in connection with their studies are “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 153(3)), with... Read More

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

November 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

November 2, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals
February 5, 2019

While colleges, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt man Read More

New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association
August 14, 2017

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017. Read More

By Gregg E. Clifton, Susan D. Friedfel, John G. Long and Bethany Swaton Wagner