CARMELYN P. MALALIS, Partner & Co-Chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Workplace Rights Practice Group and the Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP, practices in many areas of employment law. She is also a member of the  Executives and Professionals Practice Group. In 2009, the Filipina Women’s Network named Ms. Malalis one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States. In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association named her one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 in its inaugural award presentation.  More recently, the Arthritis Foundation honored Ms. Malalis as one of its four Women on the Move for 2014.  She has also been recognized in Super Lawyers New York Metro edition from 2010-2013.

 

Ms. Malalis is the Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section's Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. Ms. Malalis is also a former Chair of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on LGBT Rights and a member and active participant of a number of other bar associations. She is also a former member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Project, a former board member of Queers for Economic Justice, and a co-founding board member of BABAE, Inc., a not-for-profit organization created to help Filipina victims and survivors of violence in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area by providing culturally sensitive case management services. Ms. Malalis regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups. 

 

 

 

CARMELYN P. MALALIS, Partner & Co-Chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Workplace Rights Practice Group and the Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP, represents employees, individually and in class actions, in all areas of employment law. She is a member of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. She litigates cases on behalf of employees including highly compensated professionals, low-wage hourly workers, and government workers before administrative agencies, arbitral forums, and before state and federal courts; she advises clients and attorneys concerning employment law; and negotiates employment, non-competition, separation, and severance agreements. 

Among her trial matters, Ms. Malalis represented a New York City public school aide who sued the City of New York and the New York City Board of Education. The matter was ultimately settled for $1.5 million.  She also represented six Suffolk County police officers on their pregnancy discrimination claims that resulted in a jury verdict for money damages and a finding that the police department had discriminated against the officers.   Ms. Malalis also represented an equities salesperson employed by a boutique European bank in which the jury returned a verdict of $2.54 million on claims of sexual harassment and retaliation under federal anti-discrimination law and ERISA.

Ms. Malalis has collaborated with a number of organizations on advocacy and pro bono projects including: A Better Balance, the ACLU Women’s Rights ProjectACLU of Connecticut, the New York Civil Liberties Union, MFY Legal Services, Inc., Make the Road NY, the Legal Aid Society of New York, Legal Services of New York, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Empire State Pride Agenda, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Lambda Legal, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Legal Momentum, the Urban Justice Center, Equality Now, Sanctuary for Families, and the Center for WorkLife Law. She has also worked as an advocate, educator, and lecturer with organizations such as GABRIELA Network and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific on issues relating to the exploitation of Filipina women through sex trafficking, labor migration, the mail-order bride industry, and militarized prostitution.

 Ms. Malalis was law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Malalis was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.

Ms. Malalis received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

She is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York.

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


Bar/Professional Activity

  • Employee Co-Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section, Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Member, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Equal Employment Opportunities Committee
  • Member, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • Member, ABA Litigation Section
  • Chair, LGBT Rights, Subcommittee, EEO Committee, The New York State Bar Association Section for Labor & Employment Law
  • Chair, New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights
  • Member, New York City Bar Association's Task Force on New Lawyers in the Changing Profession
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association New York Affiliate (NELA/NY)
  • The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
  • The Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
  • Co-founding Board Member, BABAE, Inc.
  • Former member, Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Project
  • Former Board Member, Queers for Economic Justice

Speaking Engagements

  • 2014: Speaker: "Administering Benefits to Same-Sex Couples", National Business Institute
  • 2014: Moderator:  “DOMA Is Dead:  Impact of Its Obituary on Other Laws”, New York State Bar Association
  • 2013: Speaker: "The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Gains, Losses and Next Steps", New York City Bar
  • 2013: Panelist: “The Path to Marriage Equality and Beyond: Representing LGBT Clients in a Post-DOMA World”, Federal Benefits and Obligations Post-DOMA, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association
  • 2013: Panelist: "Representing the LGBT Individual: The Advocate's Perspectives", A LGBT Discusssion Forum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2012: Developing LGBT Law at National Employment Lawyers’ Association—New York Chapter
  • 2012: “Marriage Equality”—The Paper Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Development
  • 2012: Trans Employment Issues at Brooklyn Law School Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Program
  • 2012: Electronic Discovery Problems at ALI-ABA Advanced Employment Law and Litigation—2012
  • 2012: Employees Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: What’s Changed Since New York’s Marriage Equity Act at New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting—Labor & Employment CLE
  • 2011 Presenter: The City Bar’s Annual Pride Reception at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • 2011 Presenter: “Reconciling Rights: Balancing LGBT Civil Rights with 1st Amendment Religious Protections” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2011 Lecturer: "What If Hurricane ENDA Doesn’t Hit" at the ABA at the ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Mid-Winter Meeting
  • 2011 Lecturer: “Bridge-The-Gap II: Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys” at the Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • 2011 Lecturer: “Mediation in Employment Law” at New York University School of Law
  • 2011 Presenter: "LGBT Youth in Crisis: Causes, Impact and Prevention of Bullying" at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2011 Presenter: “Reconciling Rights: Balancing LGBT Civil Rights with 1st Amendment Religious Protections” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2011 Presenter: The City Bar’s Annual Pride Reception at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2010 Lecturer: “We’ll Just See What the Judge Says About That! When Motions to Compel and Motions for Protective Orders Are Necessary" at the ABA Section of Labor & Employment 4th Annual Law Conference
  • 2010 Presenter: “Marriage Equality Forum: What’s Next New York? What Can We Learn from the Past Civil Rights Struggles?” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2010 Presenter: The City Bar’s Annual Pride Reception at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2010 Presenter: The ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Law School Outreach Program at CUNY School of Law
  • 2009 Lecturer: “Out of the Closet and Into the Workplace: Current LGBT Workplace Issues” at the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting
  • 2009 Lecturer: “Workplace Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender-Nonconforming Employees and Their Employers” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2009 Presenter: The City Bar’s Annual Pride Reception at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2009 Presenter: Equality @ Work Awards at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Annual Luncheon
  • 2009 Lecturer: “Employment Law Panel for Law Students of Color” at PALS Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program
  • 2008 Lecturer: “Increasing Diversity In The Plaintiffs’ Employment/Civil Rights Bar” at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Annual Convention.
  • 2008 Lecturer: “Managing & Overcoming Common Barriers to Inclusion that Legal Professionals in the Minority Encounter” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2008 Lecturer: “Different Paths of Practice: Careers in Civil Rights Law” at Columbia Law School
  • 2008 Lecturer: “Queer Women in the Private Sector” at New York University School of Law
  • 2007 Lecturer: “Employment Law Essentials: What New York Practitioners Need to Know About Leaves of Absence, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Overtime, Retaliation & More ...” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2007 Presenter: The ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Law School Outreach Program at CUNY School of Law
  • 2007 Presenter: The ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Law School Outreach Program at New York Law School
  • 2006 Lecturer: “Sex/Gender Discrimination in the Workplace” at Legal Services for New York City
  • 2006 Lecturer: “Fair Treatment: The Real Deal about Workplace Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Workers” at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York
  • 2006 Lecturer: “Title VII Law – Recent Developments” at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • 2005 Lecturer: “Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights” at the American Constitution Society (ACS) and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Presentation
  • 2005 Lecturer: “Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity Workplace Issues” at the New York City Bar Association
  • 2005 Lecturer: “Equal Employment Opportunity Basics” at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting
  • 2005 Lecturer: “Representing Sexuality, Performance, and the Law” at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York
  • 2005 Lecturer: “Know Your Rights (Sepa Sus Derechos) – An Overview of Employment Rights for Low-Wage Workers” at New Immigrant Community Empowerment

Publications

  • Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee Sees Positive Impact of United States v. Windsor, 2014
  • Discrimination: Expanding Legal protections for Transgender Employees, Bureau of National Affairs, 2011
  • A Crackdown on Caregiver Discrimination, Trial Magazine, August 2007

Awards and Honors

  • 2014: Honored by the Arthritis Foundation at the Annual 'Women on the Move' Luncheon
  • 2013: Selected to Super Lawyers
  • 2011 and 2012: Recognized as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers New York Metro edition
  • 2010: National LGBT Bar Association's Inaugural Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award
  • 2009: Filipina Women’s Network 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.