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Marjorie Mesidor

Reporting Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

According to Vox.com, as of January 1, 2019, 263 celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and others who have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017. Pat Meehan. Al Franken. Trent Franks. Blake Farenthold. John Conyers, Jr. Bobby Scott. Ruben Kihuen. Roy Moore. These are a few from the proverbial roll call of members of Congress that have been accused of sexual misconduct since October 2017, when the #metoo movement went viral. Read More…


Erica Ruth Sanders Discusses Criminal Conviction Discrimination for Lawyer Monthly

Erica Ruth Sanders Discusses Criminal Conviction Discrimination for Lawyer Monthly

Erica Ruth Sanders, a New York employment attorney at Phillips & Associates recently wrote an article on criminal conviction discrimination in and around New York City that appeared in Lawyer Monthly. Criminal conviction discrimination, also known as criminal history discrimination occurs when someone is denied a job or fired due to a criminal record. Read More…


Silvia Stanciu Discusses Sexual Harassment for Lawyer Monthly

Silvia Stanciu Discusses Sexual Harassment for Lawyer Monthly

Sexual harassment at a job can take a significant emotional toll on a victim. There are two types of sexual harassment. When enduring harassment is a condition of continuing employment, the harassment is actionable. This is quid pro quo harassment, which can only be perpetrated by a supervisor or another authority figure in the workplace. When the harassing conduct is pervasive or severe enough to generate a work environment that a reasonable person would believe is abusive, hostile, or intimidating, it is actionable as hostile work environment harassment. New York City employment attorney Silvia Stanciu of Phillips & Associates recently wrote an article on her background in the legal profession and her work in sexual harassment cases for the Women in Law issue of Lawyer Monthly. Read More…


Katerina Housos

New York Employment Attorney, Katerina Housos Discusses Pregnancy Discrimination Laws on Greek Public Radio COSMOS FM

On Thursday May 10, 2019, one of our New York City employment attorneys, Katerina Housos, discussed the legal framework surrounding discrimination on the basis of pregnancy on her biweekly radio show Counterpoint, broadcasting live on WNYE 91.5. This past summer, a New York Times investigation found that pregnancy discrimination is still very much systematic and pervasive inside America's biggest companies even after 41 years from the passing of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which provided that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is unlawful sex discrimination. In October, the Times also published a very powerful article titled "Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination," that recounts the disturbing experiences of pregnant women who were legally denied critical accommodations under federal law. Read More…


Parisis G. Filippatos

Parisis G. Filippatos, a Partner at Phillips & Associates and a former Professor of American Government at Empire College and Lecturer on Legal Ethics, comments on the impending release of the Muller Report and the potential criminal and ethical charges facing Michael Avenatti.



Leaders in Law

Leaders in Law Profile on William K. Phillips

Recently, Phillips and Associates’ Managing Partner, William Phillips, was named a Leader in Law. The selection process for the Leaders-in-Law database of lawyers involves rigorous vetting. People who are added to the database have established track records of success, as well as unique characteristics and knowledge of their particular practice area and any local requirements for that practice area. Users of the Leaders-in-Law search engines include large multi-national corporations and successful entrepreneurs. Read More…


Steven Fingerhut - Lawyer Monthly

Steven Fingerhut Interview Appears in Lawyer Monthly

Steven Fingerhut is an employment litigation associate at Phillips & Associates. Super Lawyers has named Mr. Fingerhut a Rising Star. He belongs to the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He vigorously represents people who have suffered from workplace discrimination and harassment and need a New York City employment attorney to safeguard their rights. At one trial, he and his co-counsel secured a $77,054.54 judgement for a client claiming damages for wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination. Recently, Mr. Fingerhut appeared in Lawyer Monthly to talk about sex discrimination. Read More…


Bill Phillips - Downtown Magazine

Downtown Magazine on Bill Phillips

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. Read More…


Steven Siegler - Lawyer Monthly

Steven Siegler Discusses Age Discrimination with Lawyer Monthly

The magazine Lawyer Monthly recently spoke to employment litigator Steven Siegler of Phillips & Associates about age discrimination and what an employee’s rights are if they have been told that they are too old for a job. Mr. Siegler is an experienced employment attorney who handles cases in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Often, he handles discrimination cases related to age, gender, race, or a disability, but he also handles severance and executive compensation issues. Read More…


Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

New York City Commission on Human Rights Hearing on Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination on January 30, 2019

On January 30, 2019, the New York City Human Rights Commission teamed up with the CUNY School of Law, the Commission on Gender Equity, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to convene a hearing on pregnancy and caregiver discrimination. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss issues that nursing mothers, caregivers, and pregnant women face on a daily basis in the workplace. Although there are federal, state, and local laws in place to protect you as a pregnant woman or a caregiver, discrimination on these grounds still occurs. Greater protections may be needed. If you face pregnancy or caregiver discrimination on the job, you should consult our experienced New York City pregnancy discrimination attorneys. Read More…


Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Appears on Fox News

At the end of 2019, an organization that is anti-LGBTQ filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Hope Family Ministries, which is a child welfare agency licensed by the state of New York. The lawsuit focuses on the state of New York’s position that the agencies that it licenses are not allowed to discriminate against prospective parents who belong to certain protected categories. New Hope processes adoptions, and it refuses to permit same-sex couples to interview to be adoptive or foster parents. The lawsuit claims that the state of New York has threatened to cut funding and will force the agency to immediately phase out its adoption program, and that this threat is a violation of the child welfare agency’s rights of religion, equal protection, speech, and association. New Hope takes the position that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services singled it out as a religious nonprofit for its policy that denies same-sex and single people an opportunity to interview to adopt or adopt. Read More…


Westchester Magazine Super Lawyers

Phillips & Associates Featured in Westchester Magazine 'Super Lawyers' Section

Recently, Westchester Magazine featured our attorneys in a special “Super Lawyers” section that focused on Top Attorneys in the Westchester area. Shown in the photograph were Silvia Stanciu, William Phillips, Brittany Stevens, and Parisis G. Filippatos. Phillips & Associates is a law firm that represents clients in a wide array of employment discrimination and workplace harassment matters. Our Westchester County employment lawyers handle claims arising out of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual harassment, age, and sexual orientation, among other traits. Read More…


Gerry Filippatos

Parisis Filippatos Discusses Clergy Sex Abuse Cases with Bloomberg Law

One of our Westchester County employment attorneys, Parisis G. Filippatos, recently joined a group of other attorneys who spoke to Bloomberg Law about how clergy sex abuse cases are parallel to doctor assault lawsuits. The Catholic Church has provided settlements to resolve accusations that it ignored decades of clergy sexual abuse. Attorneys who represent sexual harassment and abuse victims explained that the practice by Catholic dioceses of setting up funds to be distributed to abuse victims by a special master or neutral mediator has translated effectively to the health care setting. Read More…


Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Discusses Hate Crimes and Race Discrimination After Jussie Smollet Assault

Recently, there has been an increase in reports of hate crimes based on a victim’s race. Jussie Smollett, who acts on “Empire,” was recently victimized in a racist and homophobic attack in an Illinois city. Two masked men shouted racist slurs and the words “MAGA country,” among other things. A noose was placed around his neck, and a substance was poured on him. There is an ongoing investigation into this episode as a hate crime. Read More…


Gerry Filippatos

Parisis Filippatos Discusses Employment at Will for Recruiter.com

No employee can be 100% secure at work, particularly in jurisdictions that strongly favor employment at will. Under the at will doctrine, if an employee does not have a written employment contract, and the term of employment does not have a definite end date, the employer is allowed to terminate the employee without cause. A Westchester County employment lawyer at Phillips & Associates, Parisis G. Filippatos, recently wrote an article about how to protect yourself against the application of the employment at will doctrine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. The article appears in Recruiter.com. Read More…


Marjorie

Marjorie Mesidor Appears on Cheddar TV

Employers host holiday parties to boost employee morale. Unfortunately, some employees use the party as an excuse to act inappropriately. Sometimes, actionable sexual harassment and other harassment occur at office holiday parties. Recently, Marjorie Mesidor, a New York City employment lawyer at Phillips & Associates, appeared on Cheddar TV to discuss the dos and don'ts of celebrating holidays at work and how to report harassment that occurred at a holiday party. Read More…


Silvia Stanciu

Silvia Stanciu Appears on Fox News Debate

After some video footage of Catholic high school students in MAGA hats went viral, media figures and Twitter users called for the students to be doxxed, shamed, and punished because the partial footage appeared to depict the students harassing a Native American veteran. The partial footage did not show the full sequence of events, and there remain controversies about how to interpret the full footage. New York City employment attorney Silvia Stanciu at Phillips & Associates recently appeared in a debate on Fox News. Read More…


Jessica Massimi

Jessica Massimi Discusses Sex Discrimination in Lawyer Monthly Article

Sometimes employees are not sure whether they are dealing with discrimination in their workplace. Recently, New York City employment attorney Jessica Massimi from Phillips & Associates spoke to Lawyer Monthly about what workplace sexual harassment and gender discrimination are. She also discussed what your rights are if you are a victim of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.

Jessica Massimi explained that people of all genders and sexual orientations can experience gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Read More…


Siobhan Klassen and Irene Chan on Today's Verdict

New York Employment Attorneys Discuss Overtime Violations on Today's Verdict

Two attorneys from Phillips & Associates, Siobhan Klassen and Irene Chan, appeared on the show Today's Verdict, hosted by trial attorney David Lesch, to discuss wage and hour law. Our New York City employment lawyers explained the main rules and exemptions related to wage and overtime laws. Read More…


Silvia Stanciu

Silvia Stanciu's Article on Racial Discrimination

Silvia StanciuRacism remains a prevalent issue in workplaces. It can undermine your professional life. Employers are not permitted to treat employees differently based on their race with regard to compensation, benefits, training, discipline, evaluation, bonuses, or promotions. Racial harassment is also a notable form of race discrimination. At Phillips & Associates, our New York City race discrimination lawyers provide knowledgeable representation in these claims. Recently, Silvia Stanciu of Phillips & Associates wrote an article in Lawyer Monthly about signs of racial discrimination at work and how to address them. Read More…


Phillips & Associates Law Firm 500 Award Committee

Phillips & Associates Featured Among 2018 Law Firm 500 Award Honorees

Phillips & Associates Law Firm 500 Award CommitteeOn October 8, 2018, the Law Firm 500 Award Committee announced a list of 2018 Honorees. It included New York City law firm Phillips & Associates on its 3rd Annual Law Firm 500 Honorees List. The list is published yearly to recognize law firms that have grown significantly in revenue. The honorees were verified by outside certified accounting firms and are considered beacons for the legal industry, exemplifying dedication to client service and excellence in operations, as well as innovation. Our New York City employment lawyers were proud to be featured on this list. We serve employees bringing discrimination and sexual harassment claims across three states. Read More…


Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor Discusses Workplace Abuse with Downtown Magazine

Often, when people think of bullying, they think of children or young adults, as well as online or physical abuse. After the #MeToo movement went viral, it became easier for some people to speak out about abuse in the workplace. Unfortunately, many adults continue to be abused in the workplace. They may be fearful about their jobs, and the lines may not be clear. It can be hard to figure out where abuse begins and when an employer is entitled to reprimand an employee. Marjorie Mesidor answered some questions for Downtown Magazine, and her comments may clarify some of these lines. If you are concerned about workplace abuse and believe that you may have a claim, you should consult the New York City harassment lawyers at Phillips & Associates about your rights. What is Bullying?... Read More…


Employment Discrimination Lawyers

Your Defense Against Discrimination

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…


Attorneys at Our Firm

$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, 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

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…


Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law

Victory in Groundbreaking Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Claim

In June 2018, 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...




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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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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
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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
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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