Phillips & Associates

Managing Partner of Phillips & Associates Profiled in Humans

Bill Phillips #MeTooOur founder and managing partner Williams Phillips understands that facing workplace harassment and losing one's job due to an aspect of identity are painful experiences. Often corporations are far more powerful than their workers and use their status to intimidate victims of discrimination and harassment. In Winter 2019, Mr. Phillips was profiled in the magazine Humans in a profile entitled "Truth to Power: Before There Was #MeToo, there was Bill Phillips." The profile focuses on Mr. Phillips’s dedication to representing workers in discrimination lawsuits, based on his awareness that, aside from family, jobs are frequently the most important aspects of workers’ lives. If you are concerned about an employment law and employment discrimination matter, it is imperative to seek legal counsel. You should consult Mr. Phillips and his team of 19 aggressive and knowledgeable New York City employment discrimination attorneys. We offer free consultations.

How Our Plaintiff’s Firm Got Started

Employment discrimination occurs whenever a worker is treated adversely in an employment action due to his or her membership in a protected class. As the Humans profile mentions, Mr. Phillips was named one of the 10 Best Labor and Employment Attorneys in New York. He left a career in investment banking in order to fight for victims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. At the firm he founded, he surrounds himself with the best employment lawyers in order to ensure clients receive legal representation that is tailored to their unique situation.

Recognizing that many victims of harassment have lost their jobs or find themselves in precarious financial and emotional position, Phillips changed the firm's business model so that legal services are provided on a contingency fee basis. Many law firms charge a retainer, which is an upfront fee. This can cost workers up to $10,000 soon after they’ve been harmed by their employers. However, Phillips and Associates doesn't charge a retainer. In fact, no attorneys’ fees are recovered unless and until the firm succeeds in obtaining settlements or damages awards at trial.

Unlike some other firms, Phillips and Associates fronts the costs of litigation to its clients and cuts no corners in pursuing remedies. It is willing and capable of taking cases all the way to verdict and even appeal when appropriate. In one of its racial discrimination and national origin discrimination cases, Phillips and Associates won a $2.3 million verdict against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Finding a Lawyer for Your Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Humans profile also noted that Mr. Phillips believes there is more work to be done to obliterate workplace sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement has shed a much-needed light on workplace sexual harassment and shifted the tide of public opinion about this sadly-common experience. However, even though people are now more comfortable disclosing their sexual harassment experiences as a result of the movement, they still need legal representation.

Understanding that discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace have devastating consequences for ordinary people, Mr. Phillips and his team at Phillips & Associates intend to keep fighting. Expanding outward from the downtown New York City office where it started, the firm now runs offices in Philadelphia, Long Island, Westchester, and the West Coast. It will continue to grow as long as there is a need for effective trial lawyers who focus on employment discrimination cases.

State Law

One of the most important employment law and employment discrimination laws for New York City workers is the New York State Human Rights Law. This law covers every workplace in New York, regardless of size; harassment based on protected characteristics is prohibited even if you are your employer’s only employee. Protected characteristics include:

  • Color
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Citizenship status
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Age.
City Law

Another important employment discrimination law is the New York City Human Rights Law, which covers workplaces with at least four employees. It has long been considered one of the most liberal antidiscrimination laws in the country. The body of judicial opinion interpreting the city law is well-developed. The city law protects a wide range of characteristics including:

  • Color
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Pregnancy and Lactation Accommodations
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin.
Federal Laws

Federal case law is also well-developed by the courts. Several different federal antidiscrimination laws may protect you against discrimination and harassment. Protected characteristics under these laws include:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Age if you’re over 40.

But not every company is covered by federal laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, only covers your employer if it has at least 15 employees.

Hire William Phillips and the Stellar Team at Phillips & Associates

At Phillips and Associates, we represent workers whose rights have been violated. We handle employment law and employment discrimination disputes. Our New York City trial firm represents workers in companies located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County, and Nassau County, among other places. Fill out our online form or contact us at (212) 248-7431.

Client Reviews
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Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens. Angel
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Employment dispute I had a dispute with my former employer, Jesse Weinstein was patient and thorough with my case. He covered every angle and was able to help me with my dispute. I would recommend Jesse Weinstein and Phillips and Associates in the future to anyone. Margaret
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I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
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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 and Eugenio Benvenuto. 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