Phillips & Associates

Downtown Magazine on Bill Phillips

William K. Phillips  - Downtown Magazine

Your work is an important part of your life. Most employees go to work hoping to be judged based on the quality of their work performance, rather than their identity. There are multiple federal and state laws in place to protect employees from employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Unfortunately, employers sometimes do make decisions based on bias rather than merit. Recently, Downtown Magazine published an article on Bill Phillips, who has been fighting for employees wronged by their employers for almost a decade. If you have faced employment discrimination or other forms of mistreatment, you should consult Bill Phillips and his team of New York City employment attorneys about your situation.

As our founding partner, Bill Phillips is dedicated to representing working men and women against powerful businesses of all sizes. He explained to Downtown Magazine that, other than family, there is nothing more important to people than their jobs, and losing employment is hard, but the situation is exponentially worsened if discrimination is involved.

Mr. Phillips explained that discrimination has been a reality for a long time, and he uses his skills and knowledge to fight for employees who are intimidated by their powerful employers, which are often large corporations. He explained that those in power use leverage to silence their victims, and he uses what he knows to help victims of that power get the justice to which they are entitled and give them greater control over their lives.

The magazine emphasized that Mr. Phillips has been named one of the 10 Best Labor and Employment Attorneys in New York City and that he gave up an investment banking background in order to apply what he knew to defend people who are victims of their employers. His background in I-banking gives him a greater understanding of industry and powerful employers. He has surrounded himself with people whom he believes are the best employment lawyers in the field so that clients can get representation that is tailored for their unique circumstances.

Bill Phillips altered the usual law firm model to permit people who find legal services unaffordable the opportunity to consult a lawyer. While most firms charge high upfront fees, his firm fronts the costs of litigation when it knows that there is a good case. In this way, they have won numerous verdicts and settlements. One recent win was a $2.3 million verdict for a client against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for racial discrimination and national origin discrimination.

The firm has gotten a lot of attention in the #MeToo era. Mr. Phillips wants to make sure that people understand that there are legal resources available to victims. He has expanded the firm to Long Island, Westchester County, Philadelphia, and New Jersey by opening offices in these locations. His hope is that his work will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect.

There are multiple federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination, and each protects different characteristics. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of an employee’s race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s disability. The New York State Human Rights Law also prohibits employment discrimination based on various protected characteristics. One of the most progressive employment discrimination laws is the New York City Human Rights Law, which applies to small employers, protects a wide range of characteristics, and does not cap damages.

It is stressful to face employment discrimination based on protected characteristics, such as sex, race, national origin, color, religion, or disability. If you have been a victim of employment discrimination, Mr. Phillips and his team of skillful trial lawyers may be able to help you. Call Phillips & Associates at (212) 248-7431 or contact us through our online form to set up a free consultation. We litigate employment cases in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES
45 Broadway, #620,
New York NY, 10006
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Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman, Eugenio Benvenuto, Kevin Guaranda and Katerina Housos. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
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Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen
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I was a client with this law firm. I can't stress enough how awesome and professional the people are here. Silvia & Erica made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I never had to guess anything. Anytime I call, emailed, or even texted. They were always there. If not they would get back to me as soon as possible. My case was not an easy situation for me but I tell you these guys made it seem like it was. I'm so glad that I use Phillip & Phillip. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful to have met such awesome, honest, and caring people. Thank you again. Djuana
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I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
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