Irene Chan is an employment attorney at Phillips & Associates, focusing on labor and employment discrimination. She handles matters from inception through all phases of litigation. Ms. Chan has successfully negotiated favorable settlements and employment agreements on behalf of her clients. She is conversant in Chinese Cantonese.
Ms. Chan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. As a native New Yorker and a first-generation American born to immigrant parents, she witnessed first-hand the injustice and the unfair treatment due to language barrier and ethnicity in the New York City metropolitan area. Right after high school, Ms. Chan served seven years active duty with the United States Marine Corps and was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ms. Chan graduated with honors with a Bachelor's of Science in Legal Studies in 2009 from St. John’s University. Shortly after graduating, she made the move to Boston to take a Legal Assistant position with the Department of Labor for the District Chief Judge. After working at the DOL for three years, she continued her legal education and received her J.D. from New England Law | Boston in 2017.
One of the areas that Ms. Chan focuses on is Title VII, a federal law that prohibits employment discrimination and harassment based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, sex, and religion. Under Title VII, it is unlawful to take any adverse employment action—such as termination, refusal to hire, or refusal to promote—with respect to these protected characteristics of employees or job applicants.
Title VII is enforced by the EEOC. Before a private lawsuit based on discrimination can be filed, you will first need to file a charge with the EEOC. There are strict time limits for filing your complaint, but in general, it is a good idea to consult an attorney as soon as you realize you want to file the charge so you may protect your right to file a claim. As an employment lawyer, Ms. Chan can help you determine and assist you with your claim if you believe your employer has discriminate and harassed you in your workplace.
Ms. Chan also worked as an employment attorney with another plaintiff’s employment firm, focusing on wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standard Acts. This previous experience gave her an important understanding of various aspects of employment laws that govern workplaces that she uses now in her current role at Phillips & Associates. Ms. Chan has a strong commitment to zealously advocate for victims of unlawful discrimination and harassment. She is now joining Phillips & Associates in the fight for justice in employment matters and ensuring a fair workplace for all.
“We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and it is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated . . . And this nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free. Now the time has come for this nation to fulfill its promise. It is a time to act in Congress, in your state and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives… … … [R]ace has no place in American life or law.” – John F. Kennedy