A seasoned and versatile labor and employment advocate who represents individuals across the corporate spectrum in all types of workplace disputes, with a particular emphasis on discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower cases in the financial services and Fortune 500 arenas.
Parisis G. (Gerry) Filippatos has litigated labor and employment cases for over 25 years and has represented thousands of individuals and numerous companies on myriad matters involving employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment based on race, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity; separation and severance agreements; executive compensation contracts; restrictive covenants; workplace investigations; and whistleblower and regulatory non-compliance claims.
Mr. Filippatos has litigated across industry sectors, handling cases based on Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd Frank. Starting as an NYC Assistant Corporation Counsel, then in private practice, first as a management-side attorney, and later as an employee advocate, Mr. Filippatos has encountered employment disputes from truly varied perspectives, including as a principal litigator on a landmark glass ceiling case against Morgan Stanley, Inc., in 2004.
As in-house counsel, he currently advises on strategic issues such as regulatory compliance and organizational structure, while also teaching government and labor studies to union apprentices.
Mr. Filippatos has lectured and published with the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Conference Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Practicing Law Institute, on various topics in labor and employment law, including reductions in force; whistleblower protection; discrimination and retaliation claims; family and medical leave; violence and harassment in the workplace; case assessment; litigation tactics and strategies; EEOC, DOL and SEC administrative procedures; diversity training; and legal ethics.