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Recently, Phillips & Associates' managing partner, William K. Phillips, spoke to Downtown Magazine about on-the-job harassment in New York City. Phillips & Associates is one of the largest plaintiffs' side employment law firms in the New York metro area. Our New York City employment lawyers have substantial experience representing victims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Phillips explained that discrimination and harassment are two different things. Discrimination occurs when somebody is treated adversely because of a protected characteristic. Meanwhile, harassment is usually offensive conduct that insults or degrades somebody else. It can include physical threats and assaults. Read More…

Gerry Filippatos

Gerry Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates and Nina Pirrotti spoke about Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases

Gerry Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates and Nina Pirrotti spoke about Practical Considerations When Representing Clients In Harassment Cases at the National Employment Lawyers Association Fall Conference: Harnessing the #MeToo Momentum, which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on October 12-13, 2018. In their talk, they provided a roadmap for representing sexual harassment victims from pre-suit through litigation and trial, including intake, considerations in deciding whether to represent a sexual harassment client, informing the client about the challenges of litigating a sexual harassment case, when the best opportunities for settlement exist, dealing with treating doctors and the client's pre-existing conditions, and preparing the client for deposition and trial

Greg Kirschenbaum

Greg Kirschenbaum discusses "Disability in the Workplace" with Lawyer Monthly Magazine

Recently, the magazine Lawyer Monthly spoke with New York City employment lawyer Gregory W. Kirschenbaum, a member of our team at Phillips & Associates, about disability discrimination and the rights that disabled employees in New York have if they ask their employers for a reasonable accommodation. Mr. Kirschenbaum has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in 2017 and 2018 by New York Super Lawyers for his contributions in employment discrimination law. He has also been awarded the “Lead Counsel” rating in Labor & Employment Law for 2018. Along with his trial experience, Mr. Kirschenbaum has litigated numerous cases in both State and Federal courts handling all types of discrimination cases, as well as wage and hour claims. In 2015, Mr. Kirschenbaum was co-trial counsel that won a $2.2M jury verdict in a race discrimination case in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Kirschenbaum explained that disability discrimination can be more complex than some other types of discrimination. Read More…

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$2.3 Million Dollar Verdict in a Race and National Origin Discrimination Case

Manhasset, New York., September 21, 2018 - Phillips & Associates, PLLC, a leading boutique employment discrimination law firm, today announced that following a 6-day trial, a jury in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, unanimously found that Plaintiff Neil Sooroojballie was subject to a hostile work environment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey based on his race and national origin by his former supervisor, Gary Fratalli. After deliberating for less than three hours, the jury returned a verdict in Plaintiff's favor awarding compensatory damages in the amount of $2,160,000.00 against Defendant Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and punitive damages in the amount of $150,000.00 against Gary Fratalli, alone. Mr. Sooroojballie's trial team was lead by Marjorie Mesidor, a Partner at the firm. Associates Brittany Stevens, Yusha Hiraman, Dorina Cela and paralegals Kevin Guaranda and Candy Hernandez were all integral parts of the legal team. To learn more about Phillips & Associates, PLLC please visit our website.

For Phillips & Associates, PLLC this verdict further demonstrates the level of employee side advocacy and representation that clients can expect from our attorneys. To date, Phillips and Associates, PLLC has recovered over $85,000,000 in verdicts and settlements.

Three Phillips & Associates Attorneys Featured in US Business News Article

Three Phillips & Associates Attorneys Featured in US Business News Article

Recently, three New York employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates appeared in a US Business News article. Our firm was described as "constantly striving for the pinnacle of success in representing each and every client." The article highlighted the diversity of our attorneys and the varied backgrounds that we bring to bear on each employment dispute that we handle. It also discussed our beliefs that there is no case too novel to ask a jury to resolve and that there is no case too small to pursue in federal court. Read More…

Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blog

Phillips & Associates' Blog Selected as a Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blog by Feedspot

Recently, Phillips & Associates' blog was chosen by Feedspot as one of the Top 10 Sexual Harassment Blogs on the Internet. Using search and social metrics, Feedspot culled the best sexual harassment blogs from thousands of sexual harassment blogs on the web. The blogs are ranked in terms of quality and consistency of posts, as well as editorial review, Google search ranking, Google reputation, and their influence and popularity on social media. Read More…

Parisis Filippatos

Attorney Parisis Filippatos Appears on Cover of US Business News

Recently, Parisis Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates, appeared on the cover of US Business News. He discussed with the magazine how our New York employment attorneys are re-energizing the field of plaintiff's employment law. US Business News is a magazine geared toward decision makers, game changers, and dealmakers in the market. Among its subscribers are CEOs, partners, owners, managers, presidents, litigators, directors, and mediators. The magazine focuses on new developments in the contemporary business landscape. Read More…

Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Ex-Friars Club executive chef says he was fired after getting sick

A chef claims the Friars Club played a sick joke on him — failing to pay for his medical insurance and firing him after he fell ill and racked up $400,000 in bills.

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Marjorie Mesidor - Most Influential Woman in Employment Discrimination Law 2018 - New York in the 2018 Global Excellence program by Global Media Ltd.

New York City employment lawyer Marjorie Mesidor of Phillips & Associates was recently named the Most Influential Woman in Employment Discrimination Law in New York in the 2018 Global Excellence Program. The program is run by Global Media Ltd. Ms. Mesidor has sued businesses of many different sizes, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, on behalf of clients who have suffered from employment discrimination in New York City and surrounding areas. Read More...

Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Lawyer Monthly Interviews Brittany Alexandra Stevens

Recently, Lawyer Monthly interviewed Brittany Alexandra Stevens, a New York City employment attorney at Phillips & Associates. Ms. Stevens is a passionate litigator who was recognized this year as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers. This year, she was also recognized as a "Best Attorney" by the American Institute of Legal Counsel and the Best Attorneys of America Association. She has also been added as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in which she is recognized as one of America's top trial lawyers. Ms. Stevens represents clients who experience sexual harassment in the workplace or in a public accommodation. Read More…

Marjorie Mesidor, Silvia Stanciu, and Erica Shnayder Phillips & Associates Attorneys Win Women in Law Award

Marjorie Mesidor, Silvia Stanciu, and Erica Shnayder are employment attorneys at the law firm of Phillips & Associates. They were recently recognized with a 2018 Women in Law award from Lawyer Monthly for their outstanding legal representation of clients victimized by sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected categories. Read More…

Joshua P. Frank

Victory in Groundbreaking Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim

In June 2018, Attorney Joshua P. Frank and our firm won a groundbreaking victory that sets an important precedent. The District Court of the Eastern District of New York ruled that a hug-from-behind by a supervisor in the workplace can establish a hostile work environment for sexual harassment claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII has a high bar for sexual harassment claims, so this is a critical decision for civil rights in the workplace. Read More...

William Phillips Profiled in Lawyer Monthly

William K. Phillips Profiled in Lawyer Monthly

Lawyer Monthly recently profiled William K. Phillips, our firm's founder and a renowned New York City employment lawyer. He provided the magazine with an overview of employment law in New York. As Mr. Phillips explained, employment in New York is at will, which means that an employee can quit at any time, but an employer can also fire an employee at any time for any reason. Read More...

Phillips & Associates Appears on the Cover of Lawyer Monthly

Phillips & Associates Appears on the Cover of Lawyer Monthly

Phillips & Associates recently appeared on the cover of the magazine Lawyer Monthly. This is a monthly legal publication that features legal news from around the world. The publication creates, follows, and reports legal news, and it provides insightful commentary on the contemporary legal landscape. The magazine profiled three highly experienced New York City employment lawyers, William K. Phillips, Marjorie Mesidor, and Bryan Arce, for the cover story. Read More...

Bryan Arce
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Bryan Arce Interviewed in Downtown Magazine

Downtown Magazine recently interviewed New York City employment attorney Bryan Arce, a member of Phillips & Associates, about sexual harassment. Although the #MeToo social media movement has given many people who have faced sexual harassment a platform to voice their experiences, many other still fear coming forward. Being vocal about workplace sexual harassment can result in a lost job, a derailed career, or immigration complications. Read More...

Silvia Stanciu

13 Facts You Should Know About age Discrimination

Silvia Stanciu, one of the New York City employment lawyers at Phillips & Associates, was interviewed about workplace age discrimination by Downtown Magazine. Like the other litigators at Phillips & Associates, Ms. Stanciu is dedicated to fighting against workplace discrimination. She handles lawsuits arising from situations in which employers fail to meet their legal obligations toward their employees. Read More...

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Employment Discrimination Attorney of the Year in New York, 2018

In 2018, William Phillips won Corporate International’s award for Employment Discrimination Attorney of the Year in New York. Mr. Phillips is the managing partner of Phillips & Associates, which consists of New York employment attorneys who handle discrimination and harassment lawsuits, among other claims, on behalf of employees. Mr. Phillips also was chosen as a Top 100 Employment Lawyer in New York by the American Society of Legal Advocates in both 2017 and 2018. He remains a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is a prestigious trial lawyers’ group. In 2017, the firm was also chosen as one of the 10 Best Employment Law Firms in New York by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its litigation work. Read More...

Bryan Arce
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Sexual Harassment attorney Bryan Arce on # MeToo and Workplace Harassment in Humans of Downtown., Downtown Magazines online edition.

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Joshua Frank

Phillips & Associates Sexual Harassment attorney, Joshua Frank discusses the #metoo movement in the medical field.

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Erica Shnayder

Phillips & Associates is pleased to announce Erica Shnayder has been certified as a member of the " Multi-Million Dollar Advocates" Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 5000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Ms. Shnayder has obtained significant awards and settlements for her clients. Notably, Ms. Shnayder obtained a $4.25 million verdict against New York Presbyterian Hospital which was the highest employment law verdict of 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Shnayder was named a "Rising Star" by New York Super Lawyers* for her work in Plaintiff's employment litigation. Ms. Shnayder was also recognized as a "Top 40 Lawyer Under 40" by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Erica Shnayder is a discrimination lawyer at the Princeton, New Jersey law firm of Phillips & Associates. She handles workplace discrimination & sexual harassment cases including, discrimination based on race, religion, gender, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation and national origin, and also overtime violations.

Erica Shnayder was selected to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership to the forum is issued by Million Dollar Advocates Forum. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Million Dollar Advocates website. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Victory for Ms. Weng and Our Pregnancy Discrimination Attorneys

Following a three-day jury trial held before District Judge Arthur D. Spatt, our discrimination attorneys, Jessenia Maldonado & Steven Fingerhut, obtained a judgment in the amount of $77,054.64, including attorney fees and costs, for a client who was discriminated against by her supervisor, Winnie Li, and ultimately terminated from her employment from Fancy Lee Sushi Bar and Grill, based on her gender and pregnancy. Our attorneys successfully presented sufficient evidence and testimony for the jury to return a verdict in Plaintiff's favor, achieving justice for their client. Weng v. Fancy Lee Sushi Bar & Grill, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183657 (E.D.N.Y., Nov. 18, 2017).

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Phillips & Associates Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2017 AIOLC’s 10 Best Labor & Employment Attorney in New York For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of New York’s Labor & Employment Law Firm, Phillips & Associates as 2017 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of Top 10 Labor & Employment Attorney in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOLC's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOLC’s independent evaluation. AIOLC's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOLC places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Labor & Employment without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate the Phillips & Associates on this achievement and we are honored to have their as a 2017 AIOLC Member. You can contact William Phillips directly at (212) 248-7431 or through our website.

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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
I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana
They were articulate, compassionate, persistent, and they wrote superbly. I felt as if they were truly in my corner, and I have recommended them to others. Susan
Mr. Phillips' law firm is dedicated to providing excellent service. Your case is explained step by step. All questions and concerns are addressed promptly and accurately. I am extremely satisfied and highly recommend Mr. Phillips. Ingrit
They are the best... I am so grateful to them for their help and support... and I wish them the best... special thanks to Mr. Ed Kennedy and Mr. Phillips. Karim
I highly recommend Phillips & Associates for sexual harassment and discrimination matters. They have a great staff of attorneys who are very professional and personable. They care about their clients and are knowledgeable in the law. Milana