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Gillian Thomas

Senior Staff Attorney

ACLU Women's Rights Project


Gillian joined the Women’s Rights Project in 2015 and specializes in equal employment opportunity.  She previously was a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s New York District Office and a Senior Staff Attorney with Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), where she specialized in litigating employment discrimination cases on behalf of women in male-dominated jobs like construction and law enforcement.  She also has worked in private practice, including at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. in New York. 

After law school, Gillian clerked for the Hon. John T. Nixon of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a contributing editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.  She is the author of Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).