Parisis G. (“Gerry”) Filippatos is a Partner at Wigdor LLP. Mr. Filippatos is a seasoned and versatile labor and employment attorney with nearly three decades of experience in the field. He has represented thousands of employees in legal matters involving employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on gender, pregnancy, race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, separation and severance agreements, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, and whistleblower retaliation claims. Mr. Filippatos concentrates his practice in the litigation of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims against financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies. He is also a highly adept negotiator, having successfully represented countless employees in matters involving executive compensation, employee contracts and severance negotiations. Mr. Filippatos’ clients hail from a broad range of industries, including financial services, accounting, information technology, healthcare, education, restaurant and hospitality, transportation, retail and many others.
Mr. Filippatos draws upon his extensive experience advising management in workplace disputes to effectively counsel individuals who have been subjected to discrimination and other forms of workplace misconduct. He has advised myriad corporations on strategic employment issues including, but not limited to, drafting employee handbooks, enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, employment discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, human resources management, organizational structure, employee benefits, labor relations, and regulatory and non-compliance matters. A dedicated and industrious advocate for justice in the workplace, Mr. Filippatos is a longtime member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and NELA’s New York Chapter.
Mr. Filippatos has handled several high‐profile matters that have garnered significant media attention. He and his cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Institutional Investor, HuffPost, The Guardian, New York Magazine, New York Post, Gothamist, Bloomberg Law, Law360, Society for Human Resource Management, Employee Benefit News and many other established media outlets. Due to his work handling prominent employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases, Mr. Filippatos has appeared on the cover of U.S. Business News.
Mr. Filippatos is also an author and lecturer on various employment-related subjects. He has presented at various national legal conferences, including the NELA Annual Convention, and has conducted legal seminars for the American Conference Institute and the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Filippatos has also published articles about workplace sexual harassment in the #MeToo era and other employment-related issues in the New York Law Journal, The New York Employee Advocate, Recruiter.com and various legal journals.
While the vast majority of matters litigated by Mr. Filippatos on behalf of plaintiffs have resulted in confidential, out-of-court settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars, Mr. Filippatos’s notable public cases include:
- Served as principal litigator in a landmark gender discrimination and unequal pay case against Morgan Stanley, which resulted in a settlement of $54 million (one of the largest public settlements for an individual-plaintiff glass ceiling case) and appeared on the front page of The New York Times.
- Represented a former junior trader in a sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against SAC Capital Advisors LLC in connection with a novel fact pattern alleging that a supervising trader required Plaintiff to take female hormones and wear feminine attire as part of an employee training program.
Experience and Types of Cases
Mr. Filippatos represents employees across the corporate spectrum in all types of employment disputes, including discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, breach of contract and other employment-related issues.
Prior to joining Wigdor LLP, Mr. Filippatos was a co-founder of a prominent plaintiff-side labor and employment law firm, representing hundreds of workers in employment-related disputes in federal and state court. From there, he went into private practice, first as a management-side attorney and later transitioning to plaintiffs’ representation. Mr. Filippatos also was an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College, where he taught government and labor studies issues to union apprentices. He previously served as in-house counsel for a jointly trusteed labor-management organization, where he advised on strategic issues such as regulatory compliance and organizational structure. Mr. Filippatos also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel within the New York City Law Department, where he litigated Section 1983 and Title VII disputes on behalf of the city.
Mr. Filippatos received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, where he was the Solicitations Editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, where he received the G.W. Hibbitt Award for Excellence in Public Speaking and numerous merit scholarships.
Admitted to Practice
• New York
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit