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Susan D. Friedfel

Principal
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

June 21, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Susan Friedfel Joins Jackson Lewis in White Plains

June 21, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 21, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, has added Principal Susan D. Friedfel to its White Plains office.  Ms. Friedfel was formerly Co-Chair of Proskauer’s Higher Education Practice Group. “Susan is well-connected and respected in both the White... Read More

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November 17, 2018

Department of Education Unveils Proposed Title IX Regulations

November 17, 2018

The Department of Education (DOE) released proposed Title IX regulations dictating the process by which colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual misconduct on November 16, 2018. Institutions of higher education have been in limbo since September 2017, when the DOE rescinded Obama-era guidance that called for hard-... Read More

September 19, 2018

Department of Education has Drafted Long-Awaited Title IX Regulations on Sexual Misconduct

September 19, 2018

The Department of Education (DOE) reportedly has drafted proposed Title IX regulations on sexual misconduct on college and university campuses. Although the Department has yet to officially publish the proposed regulations, on August 29, 2018, The New York Times reported on the unofficial draft. The draft, which subsequently began to... Read More

August 23, 2017

Grad-Student Unions One Year after Columbia University: More to Come or a Thing of the Past?

August 23, 2017

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board reversed longstanding precedent and ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor Relations] Act.” Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016). A year later, with President Donald Trump... Read More

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

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

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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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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

October 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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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