PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES, Attorneys At Law, PLLC

PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES, Attorneys At Law, PLLC

WE FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS. Our consultation is free and there is no fee unless we recover. Don't be harassed in the workplace...Call us today! We also handle cases of police brutality, malicious prosecution cases and wrongful imprisonment.

Firm Overview

Our SEXUAL HARASSMENT lawyers are at the forefront of defending employee rights in New York City area. We handle claims relating to sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and family and caregiver discrimination, as well as all other discrimination on the basis of such as race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and other protected traits. We also assist employees in recovering unpaid overtime wages.

-Unwanted Touching
-Sexual Comments
-EEOC Representation
-New York Division Human Rights Representation
-Pregnancy Discrimination




At Phillips & Associates, our discrimination lawyers are pleased to provide the highest quality, professional legal services for clients throughout New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and Long Island.

We are located in downtown Manhattan next to the stock exchange.

By subway, take the 4-5 or 2-3 to Wall Street. Our office is one -2 blocks away at 45 Broadway, Suite 620, New York, NY 10006. Call us today for a free consultation at 212-248-7431.



Our consultation is free and there is no fee unless we recover. Call and speak to a sexual harassment/discrimination attorney at (212) 248-7431.


http://www.newyorkcitydiscriminationlawyer.com/

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The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Any testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Main Office

PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES, Attorneys At Law, PLLC
45 Broadway
Suite 620
New York  NY  10006

Phone
  • (212) 248-7431
Fax
  • (212) 901-2107

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Contact our office for a free initial consultation today at (212) 248-7431.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No Attorney Fees Unless We Recover.

We also review severance agreements for an hourly fee.

Office Information

Office Hours

9am to 6pm Monday through Friday

Office Manager

Bill Phillips, Marjorie Mesidor, Alex Umansky

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian

Sexual Harassment
Sexual comments? Inappropriate touching? Sexual advances? Requests for sexual favors? Unwelcome sexual advances?
Employees have a right to a workplace environment free from sexual harassment.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT

- Subjected to unwanted sexual attention?
- Inappropriate text messages or emails?
- Being touched?
- Jokes about your appearance?
- Pressured or forced to have sex to keep your job?
- Exposed to pornography against your wishes?
- Subjected to retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment?

These are only a few examples of things that can lead to sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have been subject to sexual harassment, you may have a legal claim under federal, New York State, and/or New York City Human Rights Law. The attorneys at PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES can help explain and protect your rights.


Verbal or physical conduct that creates an offensive or sexually charged working environment is illegal. Harassment be from a boss or a co-worker. It can occur between employees of the same or different sex.

The law recognizes two forms of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment:

Under the Quid Pro Quo form of sexual harassment, an authority figure demands sexual favors from a subordinate with the implicit or explicit threat of adverse job-related decisions, including hiring, firing, promotion, salary, assignment, location, or performance standards. (Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase meaning this for that.)

Under the Hostile Work Environment form of harassment, sexual conduct in the workplace interferes with an individuals job performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. The sexual conduct can consist of sexually explicit speech, sexually explicit images, or unwanted romantic attention. Harassment by any coworker, regardless of job title, relative level of authority, or membership in a protected category, is against the law.

If you believe you are the victim of workplace sexual harassment, please contact PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES for a free consultation.
Wrongful Termination
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION
Not every termination is wrongful. However, laws protect against various types of discrimination in the workplace. The attorneys at PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES can help explain and protect your RIGHTS.
In New York State, and New York City , workers are protected from discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, criminal conviction and other PROTECTED TRAITS. Illegal conduct can include verbal and physical harassment or adverse decisions relating to hiring, firing, wages, benefits, job assignments, promotions, or layoffs. Discrimination by any coworker, regardless of job title, relative level of authority, or membership in a protected category, is against the law.

-Race discrimination involves being treated differently on the basis of race or certain characteristics associated with race, such as hair texture, skin color, or facial features. It can also involve different treatment based on the race of one’s spouse or associates.

-Religious discrimination involves being treated differently on the basis of your religious beliefs. race or certain characteristics associated with race, such as hair texture, skin color, or facial features. It can also involve different treatment based on the race of one’s spouse or associates.

-National origin discrimination involves being treated differently on the basis of national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, accent, or perceived ethnic background. It can also involve different treatment based on the national origin of one’s spouse or associates.

-Age discrimination involves being treated differently treatment on the basis of age. Federal law protects employees over 40 from discrimination in the workplace (by any employer with more than 20 workers). New York City law includes additional protections against workplace discrimination based on perceived age.

-Sexual orientation discrimination involves being treated differently on the basis sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.

-Gender identity/expression discrimination involves being treated differently on the basis of gender identification, gender expression, or perceived gender identity. New York City law specifically prohibits discrimination against transsexuals, transvestites, or any “persons with traits not stereotypically associated with their gender.” These traits may include personality, clothing, hairstyle, speech, mannerisms, demeanor, vocal pitch, facial hair, body size, or body shape.

-Disability discrimination involves disparate treatment on the basis of disability. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers covered by the law to provide “reasonable accommodations” to known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees. New York State and New York City laws also forbid termination of ADA-eligible employees on the basis of disability.

-Criminal conviction discrimination: In New York, an employer cannot automatically refuse to hire you and/or fire you because of an arrest or criminal conviction. If you have experienced discrimination due to an arrest or criminal conviction call us today. We may be able to assist you in fighting for your rights. Our consultation is free and there are no attorney fees unless we recover.

If you believe you are the victim of race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, criminal conviction discrimination, or any other PROTECTED TRAIT, please contact PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES for a free consultation.
Employment
PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION
Do you have children? Do you plan to have children? Do you use birth control? If you get pregnant, will you come back to work after maternity leave? Are you going to keep the baby? Is this your maiden name?
If you have been subject to pregnancy discrimination, you may have a legal claim under federal, New York State, and/or New York City Human Rights Law. The attorneys at PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES can help explain and protect your rights.


PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION ACT

According to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated the same as other employees for all employment purposes.
-A woman cannot be fired, denied employment, demoted, deprived of benefits, or required to take a leave (unless able to perform her job) due to her pregnancy status.
-An employer cannot refuse to hire a woman because of its prejudices about pregnant workers or the prejudices or coworkers, clients, or customers.
-An employer may not subject pregnant workers to special screening procedures to determine ability to perform a job.
-Male employees may also have claims under the PDA for discrimination on the basis of a wife™s pregnancy status.

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

According to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), qualified employers must allow workers who have taken a leave because of pregnancy, childbirth, or childcare duties to return to their former (or an equivalent) position.
-Pregnancy is treated as a temporary disability under the law.
-Employers must give pregnant employees the same benefits that they give to other employees with temporary disabilities: providing modified tasks, alternative assignments, disability leave, or leave without pay.
-Employers must hold open a job for a pregnancy-related absence for the same length of time jobs are held open for employees on sick or disability leave.
-Pregnant employees must be permitted to work or return to work as long as they are able to perform their jobs.

Your pregnancy should be a wonderful experience. You should not have to worry about losing your job at such a precious time. If you feel you have experienced pregnancy discrimination, speak with an attorney to understand your employment rights.
Overtime Pay
WAGE & HOUR
It is a simple fact that some employers routinely violate federal and state wage-and-hour laws. Wage-and-hour laws are those laws that regulate the hours employees may work, the minimum pay they must receive for that work, and that establish other standards for breaks, payroll reporting, and notice to employees of certain rights. These laws can be complex, and some employers violate these laws accidentally because they do not know or understand the law. Other employers, under the pressure of a competitive business environment, may intentionally cut corners and willfully violate these laws.

If you feel your wage and hour rights have been violated, call and speak with an attorney who can explain your rights at 212-248-7431. FREE CONSULTATION

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

WE ONLY REPRESENT EMPLOYEES

Our firm has successfully represented numerous clients who have been sexually harassed or discriminated against because of their race, national origin, gender, religion, disability and other protected traits.

Call us today at 212-248-7431.

Attorney Advertising
The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Any testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

NO ATTORNEY FEES UNLESS WE RECOVER
FREE CONSULTATION

Call our discrimination attorneys in New York City today at 212-248-7431.


William Phillips

American Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA")
American Society of Legal Advocates
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York County Lawyers Association
Brooklyn Bar Association
New York Chapter of NELA

William K. Phillips is a New York employment discrimination attorney, and is the Managing Partner of Phillips & Associates. He has handled numerous sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, and other employment law cases. He was selected as a 2013 Top 100 Labor & Employment Lawyer in New York by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Recognized as a stellar employment lawyer by his peers, he also serves in an "Of Counsel" capacity to other law firms, providing litigation supervision in connection with their employment law cases. He works hard to obtain the best possible results for his clients, and has had great success in securing millions of dollars in damages and settlement awards.

Mr. Phillips has strong roots in New York. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the College of Staten Island, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology. He studied entertainment law and landlord-tenant law at New York Law School and graduated from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami in 1993.

Mr. Phillips was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996. He is admitted to practice in the federal courts for the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Before focusing on employment law, Mr. Phillips gained experience in business and other areas, giving him a valuable frame of reference from which to analyze the industries in which his clients and their employers work. From 2006-2010, he served as the Principal of Real Estate Development at TPG Design. There he was responsible for the creation, management and development real estate projects. In recent years, he has purchased and sold over $17 million of property for his own account.

Before his work in real estate development, Mr. Phillips served as Vice President of the Fieldstone Private Capital Group, a boutique investment bank in New York. There he was responsible for originating and executing all investment banking mandates, managing a portfolio of aircraft assets, negotiating with airlines regarding early terminations, defaults, and working with assets subject to bankruptcies, litigation, and repossession. His professional accomplishments while in this position include the 10 million sale of a Turkish charter airline; a $24 million sell-side advisory for the sale of a British entity's U.S. Airport Services division; global placement of over 30 Boeing and Airbus aircraft for sale and/or lease; and the restructuring of 26 MD-80 aircraft resulting in a 60% rent reduction and $16 million in debt forgiveness, with the structuring of $10 million in debt, for a U.S. airline. Prior to this experience, Mr. Phillips served as the business development director for a bar exam review company in New York, and also as a professional model in Europe and the U.S.

Mr. Phillips is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA"), and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He is also active in his local legal community, with memberships in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, and the New York Chapter of NELA.

In addition to his passion for employment law, Mr. Phillips is a benefactor of the arts and education, supporting various organizations. He enjoys weight training, swimming, tennis, basketball, boxing, and racquetball. He is also a published fashion and portrait photographer.






Bill Phillips manages Phillips & Associates. The firm fights for employees rights in the workplace. We only represent employees.
Phillips & Associates handles all areas of sexual harassment including employees who have been the victim of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, including pornography in the workplace, text messages and emails.
The firm also handles all other areas of discrimination in the New York City area including:
Age Discrimination
Criminal Conviction Discrimination
Disability Discrimination
EEOC Representation
FMLA Claims
Gender or sex discrimination
Hostile Work Environment
Pregnancy Discrimination
Racial Discrimination
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
License
  • Bar Number: EDNY, SDNY, WDNY
    New York , 1996

Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor regularly represents clients for sexual harassment, retaliation and all areas of wrongful termination including race, age, disability and criminal conviction discrimination.

Marjorie is an experienced New York workplace discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. She is Lead Counsel at the firm, recognized for her outstanding service to clients who have been the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected characteristics. Ms. Mesidor regularly prosecutes employment actions against Fortune 500 companies accused of discrimination including claims of sexual misconduct. She has had overwhelming success in achieving significant awards and settlements for her clients. Most recently, Ms. Mesidor procured a unanimous jury award in Johnson v. STRIVE in the SDNY, a landmark case decidedly settling the issue of whether those of the same race can discriminate against one another.

With 9 years of experience practicing before both state and federal courts, Ms. Mesidor understands the stress and fear that workers experience when their jobs are threatened by a coworker or employer's inappropriate conduct. She handles complex employment law matters in these areas at all stages of the litigation process, serving as a forceful advocate at the negotiating table, and a formidable opponent in the courtroom.

Ms. Mesidor's history of leadership and advocacy dates back to her undergraduate years at Franklin College Switzerland, where she studied International Relations and Economics and participated in student government. She graduated from Touro Law Center Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2004.

While at Touro, she ranked in the top 15% of her class and made the Dean's List in 2003. She served as an Associate Editor for Law Review, a Teaching Assistant in the Legal Education Access Program (LEAP), and Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association. She also placed as a semi-finalist in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial, and received an award for Best Oral Advocate in Legal Methods II.

Ms. Mesidor was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2004 and the New York Bar in 2005. She has also been admitted to practice before the federal courts at the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Early in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Torkwase Y. Sekou in the Superior Court of New Jersey, gaining valuable insight into the inner workings of our judicial system.

Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, Ms. Mesidor handled complex litigation in several practice areas, and served as Chief Counsel to Project Hope, an organization that provides antiviolence and educational workshops and programs services to underserved youth in South Queens. Therefore, in addition to her extensive experience handling discrimination and harassment cases, she possesses a strong background in wage and hour, not-for-profit, and corporate law matters.

Super Lawyers recognized Ms. Mesidor as a Rising Star in 2013. In addition she has been a featured legal correspondent on WBLS' Caf Mocha radio show on issues of sexual harassment and discrimination in the work place. A number of Ms. Mesidor's matters have gained widespread attention in various media outlets such as the Associated Press, The New York Post, The Daily News, News 12, etc. A gifted attorney with a commitment to individuals who have been wronged, she has received several other awards and distinctions, including an Exceptional Service to the Public and Community Award, Service to the Bar Award, and a Merit Award for Franklin College Switzerland. Early in her career, she was a 2004 Scholarship Recipient from the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association, and a Minority Fellow of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Dedicated to serving a global New York client base, Ms. Mesidor is fluent in Italian, French, and Haitian Creole. She maintains professional memberships with the National Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association in New York, and the New York State Bar Association. A hardworking and persuasive advocate for her clients, Ms. Mesidor is dedicated to pursuing justice in the workplace.
License
  • Bar Number: Licensed to Practice
    New York , 2005
  • Bar Number: Licensed to Practice
    Connecticut , 2004
  • Bar Number: Licensed to Practice
    New York , 2007
  • Bar Number: Licensed to Practice
    New York , 2007
Education
  • Touro Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2004
    Central Islip, NY

    Dean's List


    Law Review, Associate Editor


    Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Minority Fellow


    National Black Law Students Association, National Attorney General

  • Franklin College Switzerland
    Bachelors of Arts , 2000
    Lugano

Alex Umansky

Alex Umansky is a Litigation Associate at Phillips & Associates, PLLC. Mr. Umansky represents clients in all areas of employment law, including mediations, grievances and arbitration, proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal court.

Before joining Phillips & Associates in 2012, Mr. Umansky was a trial attorney at the Law Offices of Jon L. Norinsberg, where he litigated various civil rights cases involving police misconduct and vindicated the rights of people who have been falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. Mr. Umansky has had great success as a trial lawyer, obtaining substantial six figure verdicts and settlements for his clients. Before working with the Law Offices of Jon L. Norinsberg, Mr. Umansky practiced his trial skills at s a Pro Bono Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorneys Office, where he prosecuted a wide array of crimes.

Mr. Umansky received his B.A. in history from Stony Brook University. Mr. Umansky also received his M.A. in international relations from New York University and his J.D. from New York Law School, where he was a member of the Mediation and Negotiation Association.

Mr. Umansky is admitted to the bar of the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, the Federal District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Federal District Court of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Umansky is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the New York County Lawyer's Association (NYCLA), and the American Bar Association.

Jesse Rose, Of Counsel

Mr. Rose represents employees who have experienced discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. He also handles wage and hour claims.

Jesse Rose is Of Counsel to Phillips & Associates and a partner at The Rose Law Group, PLLC. An experienced New York employment discrimination lawyer, he has worked with principal attorney William Phillips and the firm since 2011, litigating hundreds of matters throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. Together, Mr. Rose and Mr. Phillips work tirelessly to protect their clients' rights and hold New York employers accountable when they violate employment laws.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rose has practiced almost exclusively in the employment law arena. He is well versed in both state and federal employment standards, dedicating a significant portion of his practice to vindicating the rights of employees within New York City metro area. He has won dozens of federal motions, appeared on hundreds of federal cases, and successfully obtained favorable decisions in both the New York State and federal courts. These decisions range from individual employee contract disputes to large-scale, nationally certified collective actions. His cases have been cited as authority in employment actions throughout the United States.

Mr. Rose believes in clear, compassionate communication with his clients, and keeps them well informed of case developments and strategies. He is sharp, tenacious, and aggressive when asserting his clients' rights in relation to both federal and state employment laws. Because of his passion and results-oriented philosophy, his clients are both satisfied and enthusiastic about his representation.

Mr. Rose has dedicated his career to righting injustices in the workplace, but has also been interested in achieving justice in other critical areas. As a student at Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Labor and Employment Journal, he participated in the Political Asylum clinic, representing individuals who sought refuge in the United States while fleeing dangerous circumstances in their countries of origin. While at Hofstra, Mr. Rose was also an active member of the student body, co-founding and serving as president of the Hofstra Democratic Association. He participated in the moot court association, and was communications coordinator for the school's Amnesty International Chapter. He also completed a practicum in the asylum clinic, and won an intramural championship in flag football. He attended a class with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and met with Justice Samuel Alito in a roundtable discussion just after his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Rose was born in New York, but raised in North Carolina. In 2005, he graduated from Wake Forest University where he received his B.A. in Economics. He minored in Computer Science and studied higher-level mathematics.

Employment law can be a complex area with many procedural requirements and substantive nuances. To stay ahead of the curve, employment litigators must be diligent, patient, and aware of changes as they occur in relation to both case law and statutes. Workers' rights can be threatened by the lobbying of large corporate employers with significant resources. In order to better serve his clients, Mr. Rose stays informed of all current trends and changes in employment law, and adjusts his case strategies accordingly. His passion for ensuring a fair workplace for all makes him a valuable asset to his clients, and to Phillips & Associates.

Jeffrey T. Rosenberg

Jeffrey T. Rosenberg, is an Employment Discrimination Attorney at Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC.

Since joining Phillips & Associates, Mr. Rosenberg's practice has focused exclusively on representing employees in a wide variety of employment-related litigation, including discrimination based on race, age, gender, national origin, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation and disability, as well as unlawful whistleblower retaliation actions. Mr. Rosenberg has also successfully recovered unpaid wages for clients who were denied minimum wage and overtime.

He has worked closely with clients through all phases of litigation and has prepared pleadings, motions, memoranda of law, and position statements related to employment law issues.

Mr. Rosenberg is a graduate of The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.A., 2002) and Touro Law School (J.D., 2006), where he was awarded a Merit Scholarship and the CALI Award for Best Oral Advocate.

Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, Mr. Rosenberg was an employment litigation associate at a firm in New York, New York.

Mr. Rosenberg is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Phillips & Associates

Bill Phillips

Sexaul Harassment & Discrimination Attorney in New York City. Mr. Phillips manages the law firm of Phillips & Associates.

The firm handles sexual harassment and discriminaton cases for emplyees.

Initial consultations are free, and there is no attorney fee unless we recover. Call and speak with our sexual harassment attorneys at (212) 248-7431.

Firm Attorneys

Bill Phillips, Marjorie Sharpe and Alex Umansky, Sexual Harassment Attorneys in New York with Phillips & Associates.

Nicole Welch

Nicole Welch is a New York employment discrimination lawyer at Phillips & Associates. She is committed to providing high quality legal service and representation to workers who have been wronged in the workplace. Her responsibilities include drafting complaints, managing discovery, and law and motion work. She thoroughly reviews client intake documents, including performance reviews and medical records, becoming familiar with every nuance of her clients' cases so that she can work with the rest of our legal team to build the best possible cases on their behalf.

Discrimination in the workplace can affect workers on the basis of protected characteristics such as sex, race, national origin, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, and religion. When a dispute based on discrimination or harassment arises in the workplace, an employer is likely to have more resources and easier access to legal advice than an employee. In order to secure justice in their cases, workers must similarly retain experienced and capable advocates.

Employment discrimination cases can involve highly contentious, complex, and sensitive matters. When bringing an employment discrimination lawsuit or seeking to resolve a dispute, an employee is best served by enlisting tenacious attorneys and a capable legal team skilled at reading human relationships and power dynamics in a workplace setting. These cases also require an in-depth understanding of applicable local, state, and federal laws. Ms. Welch is a gifted litigator with the tenacity, energy, and knowledge to help employees seek justice when they have been wronged by the illegal conduct of their employers. She understands the stress that discrimination and harassment can cause to often vulnerable employees, and works tirelessly to serve her clients' best interests.

Ms. Welch graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She made the Dean's List every semester, and was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society.

After college, she graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. Her honors included serving as Notes and Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She was also awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in her Civil Practice Workshop. She studied abroad at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and is also highly proficient in Spanish.

Before coming to work at Phillips & Associates, Ms. Welch worked as an associate at a small New York law office. In that role, she helped borrowers refinance their mortgages, collaborating with the lender as well as title companies. Before graduating from law school, she served as a summer associate in an employment law firm. There, she researched client matters related to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She also analyzed wage and hour law issues, as well as procedural questions in collective actions related to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Further, she interned in the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and at the United States Postal Service. Her experience in these positions helped her to develop an eye for detail in her clients' employment cases, and strong skills in working as part of a legal team.

Ms. Welch is admitted to both the New York Bar and Massachusetts Bar. She has also been admitted to practice before the federal courts at the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York. As a part of Phillips & Associates, she is dedicated to protecting the rights of New York workers, and to helping them pursue the compensation they deserve if they have been subject to illegal discrimination or sexual harassment.

Dorina Cela

Dorina Cela, an employment discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates, fights to ensure that New York workers are given an equal opportunity in the workplace. She focuses on empowering victims of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Like her colleagues, Ms. Cela believes that employers that violate New York or federal law should be held accountable for their actions. If you are the victim of illegal workplace discrimination or harassment, she may be able to help you pursue compensation.

Ms. Cela utilizes the rights given to employees by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New York State and New York City Civil Rights Laws to pursue legal action against employers for unlawful conduct. The Civil Rights Act and other state and local laws prohibit unequal treatment based on an individual's race, ethnicity, gender, and other personal characteristics. Discrimination and harassment are two major categories of unlawful employer behavior. Discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or group of employees differently because of a protected personal trait. It may manifest through hiring, firing, demoting, providing benefits, or other employment decisions. Essentially, if an employer makes a decision based on a protected personal characteristic, it may have engaged in unlawful discrimination.

Employers may be liable for sexual harassment if they allow or create a hostile work environment, which is formed by behavior that either unreasonably interferes with the victim's ability to do his or her job or creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment in the office. Another legally recognized form of sexual harassment is referred to as "quid pro quo" harassment, or behavior intended to elicit certain conduct from employees, such as going on a date with a supervisor, in exchange for a particular benefit, such as a raise or promotion. Sexual harassment is technically a form of gender discrimination, and employees affected by it may be able to receive a wide range of remedies, ranging from compensatory damages and backpay to potential reinstatement.

Ms. Cela attended Hunter College in New York and earned a B.A. with a double major in political science and psychology. She continued her education by obtaining a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she earned awards for her study of international human rights law and pro bono legal services.

During law school, Ms. Cela advocated for the rights of indigent clients. As a certified law student at the San Diego Alternate Public Defender, she gained court experience by appearing on behalf of clients in probation hearings, under the supervision of senior attorneys. At a San Diego nonprofit, she studied the impact of economic, political, and social conditions of selected nations on individual clients' pursuits of justice and assisted in the preparation of their asylum cases. These internships gave her a unique insight into individual struggles for human rights and dignity, which remain her inspiration for legal advocacy.

As an active member of her school's Alternate Dispute Resolution team, Ms. Cela also learned valuable negotiation skills and strategies that have equipped her with the right tools to negotiate efficiently on behalf of her clients.

Since her graduation from law school, Ms. Cela has worked on a variety of cases, including immigration, securities, bankruptcy, and breach of contract matters. She is fluent in Albanian, conversational in Italian, and familiar with French, German, and Spanish. She is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers' Association in New York, the New York City Bar Association, the New York Women's Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers' Association, where she serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Labor Relations & Employment Law Committee, and the Law and Literature Committee.

Ms. Cela began her work as an attorney for Phillips & Associates in July of 2014. She is committed to providing dedicated representation for workers in New York City and the surrounding communities.

Casey Wolnowski

Casey Wolnowski is a New York employment discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. He is dedicated to representing clients who have been wrongfully discriminated against on the basis of protected characteristics. Among the characteristics that the law protects in the workplace are sex, race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and religion. There are protections in place under federal, state, and local law.

Well-qualified employment discrimination attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws that protect workers. Not all unfairness in the workplace is against the law, but illegal discrimination and harassment can occur along a scale that ranges from conduct that is quite subtle to offenses that are blatant and overt.

For example, it is illegal for an employer to deny a worker a position, refuse him or her a promotion, or fire a worker because of a protected characteristic. Other illegal conduct includes creating a hostile work environment through frequent jokes or comments, or retaliating against someone for complaining of discrimination or sexual harassment by firing them. In New York, an employer may not engage in direct or indirect discrimination, such as by setting up arbitrary conditions like height restrictions or standardized testing without reasonable justification. Regardless of the kind of discrimination an employee faces, it is critical to the employee's legal case to retain an attorney who understands the litigation process.

Mr. Wolnowski possesses valuable insight into multiple areas of the justice system, which helps him to build the strongest cases possible for his current clients. Before joining Phillips & Associates, Mr. Wolnowski served in the chambers of Hon. Anita R. Florio, an associate justice for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. He worked there for four and one-half years and held the position of "Senior Principal Law Clerk" from September 2010 until Justice Florio's retirement from the bench in December 2012. During his tenure, he had the pleasure of working on over 2,000 appeals, many involving labor & employment matters. He thereafter worked in the chambers of Hon. Sandra L. Townes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Before his work as a law clerk, Mr. Wolnowski interned in the felony division of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office and worked at a law firm in Florida that handled admiralty and labor & employment matters. He also interned at the United Nations in New York City where he focused on international human rights issues. These varied experiences have allowed him to build a strong understanding of the law in multiple contexts and to hone the analytical skills he applies to new cases.

Prior to his legal education, Mr. Wolnowski majored in international relations and minored in Spanish at The College of Wooster in Ohio, where he also played college football. In 2008, he graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. As a law student, he served as a research assistant to Professor Mark J. Wolff and earned honors including a place on the Dean's List and Moot Court Team. He also served as an Executive Board Member for his law school's Mock Trial Team and competed in the 2007 National Trial Advocacy Competition at the Michigan State University School of Law in East Lansing, Michigan.

Among Mr. Wolnowski's additional skills is the ability to speak conversational Spanish. He is a member of the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the Labor & Employment section of the New York State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. As a valued member of the team at Phillips & Associates, he is committed to putting his extensive skills and experience to work on behalf of New York workers who have suffered illegal discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, and to helping them seek the justice they deserve.

Joshua 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.
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