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Pay Equity Audits: What to Do Right Now to Minimize Legal Risks - On-Demand

Pay Equity Audits: What to Do Right Now to Minimize Legal Risks - On-Demand

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Pay Equity Audits: What to Do Right Now to Minimize Legal Risks - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to proactively and strategically conduct a pay equity audit and correct discrepancies to minimize legal risks.

As pay equity and equal pay have become hot topics, pay discrimination claims are on the rise. And the momentum continues to grow—quickly. More than a dozen states and several major cities have passed new, aggressive equal pay laws designed to make it easier for employees to bring (and win) pay discrimination claims while for federal contractors pay discrimination has become OFCCP’s major focus.

This growing “patchwork” of federal, state, and local laws poses particularly worrisome challenges for all employers but especially for multistate employers. For instance, how can multistate organizations comply with different and often contrasting laws from state to state? How can organizations proactively address pay equity issues before being targeted for internal complaints, EEOC charges, OFCCP investigations, and the growing wave of private litigation? 

Also, how can an organization find and fix the unexplained disparities that lurk within its pay systems? And, can an organization do this all “under privilege” so it doesn’t have to turn over its efforts in discovery in response to demands from increasingly savvy plaintiffs’ counsels and enforcement agencies?

Use this on-demand webinar when Attorneys Nita Beecher and Consuela Pinto of Fortney Scott will deliver an in-depth webinar outlining how to take a proactive and strategic approach when addressing the growing pay equity challenges your organization faces.

After attending this webinar you’ll be able to:

  • Identify how the growing patchwork of new state and big-city equal pay laws mean for your organization and how to respond
  • Take advantage of the “safe harbors” under many new state equal pay laws to protect your organization from claims and liability
  • Conduct a self-audit of your pay system to find and fix unexplained disparities
  • And much more!

About Your Presenters

H. Juanita Beecher

H. Juanita Beecher, Esq. 
Fortney Scott

Nita Beecher is a nationally recognized expert on Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) matters.  She is Counsel to Fortney & Scott, LLC with a focus on OFCCP regulatory affairs.  Ms. Beecher’s primary focus is labor and employment law with substantial experience with class investigations by the EEOC and OFCCP.  She has more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law particularly with class investigations by the OFCCP and the EEOC.

From 2000 to 2015, she led networks of senior diversity, EEO and affirmative action corporate practitioners as well as senior in-house labor and employment lawyers.

Beecher served as an in-house counsel in major corporations for more than 20 years where she advised in-house clients on labor and employment law issues including, among other matters, OFCCP “Glass Ceiling” audits, EEOC class age investigations, implementation of the ADA, and FLSA Wage and Hour audits, and developed a self-audit tool for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and The Boeing Company. She also worked as in-house counsel for E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Consolidation Coal Company and Arch Coal Company.

In 2011, Beecher was selected by the National Research Council of the National Academies to participate in the Expert Study on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin. Requested by the EEOC, the report by the panel was issued in 2012.

Beecher has been a regular speaker at the ILG National Conference since 2004 and she moderated the opening panel for the 2015 conference in New York City.

Consuela A. PintoConsuela A. Pinto, Esq. 
Fortney Scott

Consuela Pinto is a Shareholder at FortneyScott where she advises clients on the full range of equal employment opportunity laws with a particular focus on compliance with workplace laws and regulations, federal government investigations, pattern and practice systemic claims, and compliance with federal contractors’ affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations.  Her extensive experience and expertise in the employment field is the result of practicing in both the private and government sectors for more than twenty years.

Most recently, Pinto was a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor in the National Office of the Solicitor where she was the Deputy Associate Solicitor in the Civil Rights and Labor Management Division.  In her position at the Labor Department, Pinto advised DOL agencies on a wide range of regulatory, policy, and enforcement issues impacting a cross-section of workers, and Ms. Pinto also had significant managerial responsibilities.  One of her key practice areas at DOL was advising the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Office of the Solicitor on enforcement matters related to federal contractors’ equal employment opportunity obligations.

Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Pinto served as Senior Counsel at the Center for WorkLife Law, where she was responsible for educating employers and their attorneys on the developing law of Family Responsibilities Discrimination. Pinto also has significant private practice experience.  She represented employers on a nationwide basis in compliance reviews before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs as well as the full range of employment matters in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies.

Pinto is a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, a trained mediator, and author of a number of articles and blog postings related to family responsibilities discrimination, general EEO issues, and OFCCP compliance matters.