Joshua P. Frank
Joshua Paul Frank is a tenacious employment law attorney at the New York firm of Phillips & Associates. He fights for employee rights in cases involving discrimination and harassment, recognizing the toll that this unlawful conduct can take on an individual’s morale and wellbeing. Like his colleagues, he believes that everyone has a right to equal opportunities in the workplace.
Mr. Frank pursues remedies for employees whose rights have been violated under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws. Title VII protects workers against discrimination and harassment based on their race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. An employer may not discriminate on the basis of these protected characteristics with regard to any aspect of employment, including disciplining, providing benefits, recruiting, hiring, promoting, transferring, or terminating an employee. New York State and New York City human rights laws provide further protections for workers. Not all forms of wrongful conduct are obvious. Indirect discrimination can be harder to detect, but it still can create a hostile work environment when a pattern of unlawful acts accumulate over time. Some apparently neutral job policies also have a disproportionate effect on members of protected groups. For example, a practice of only hiring applicants of a certain size or strength may have an adverse impact on women.
Mr. Frank attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While in college, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the college newspaper. He also worked as a staff writer and photographer for the award-winning independent weekly Chestnut Hill Local. Recognizing the importance of diversity in our society, he was a member of United Flavors, a campus multi-cultural organization. In 2004, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and a minor in political science.
Mr. Frank attended Boston University School of Law, graduating in 2008. While in law school, he honed his advocacy skills in the Moot Court Program and in a simulated presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding Guantanamo Bay detainees. Mr. Frank participated in an independent study on classroom desegregation after the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education. He also worked as a law clerk for a firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had the opportunity to assist with an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States on a case involving the First Amendment.
After receiving his law degree, Mr. Frank served as a research attorney for Professors Ward Farnsworth and Stephen Marks of the Boston University School of Law. He went on to practice in the field of personal injury litigation where he represented the victims of negligence.While in private practice, Mr. Frank gained valuable experience in taking and defending depositions and negotiating on behalf of clients. At Phillips & Associates, he is committed to providing vigorous advocacy on behalf of employees whose rights to be free from illegal discrimination and harassment have been violated.
Mr. Frank is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania Bars. He was an arbitrator for The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. He is currently a member of The National Employment Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association.