Pay Equity: Current Trends and How to Mitigate Compliance Risk




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Pay equity discussions have seen a resurgence in recent years, as an influx in publicity is spurring attention and action. In turn, the pay equity legal landscape is evolving for in-house counsel; presenting new challenges, legal requirements, and potential claims that all impact the business’ bottom line.

Denise M. Visconti & Patricia J. Martin will lead this exclusive webcast and explore current legal trends in pay equity, where the law is headed, and how to proactively mitigate organizational risk. Learn about specific challenges associated with a potential claim, and recommendations on how such claims can be defended against.

Join this webcast to learn about the complexities associated with pay equity and how your organization can address them, including:

  • What steps to take to comply with the ever-evolving requirements.
  • The role a compensation audit can play in reducing risk for your organization.
  • How to reduce the likelihood that your organization has to face a pay equity claim.



denise Denise M. Visconti | Shareholder | Littler

Denise M. Visconti has extensive experience conducting pay equity audits for all types of employers, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. She helped develop the Littler Pay Equity Assessment™, and counsels employers on a broad range of state and federal issues related to pay equity, from compliance, to updating policies and job descriptions, to training managers and recruiters, and more.

Denise also handles a broad variety of employment litigation matters, most often stemming from claims arising under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging overtime misclassification and other wage and hour violations. She has experience with single-plaintiff claims involving:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Accommodation

A large portion of her practice involves the defense of clients in class action litigation, particularly in wage and hour matters, along with representative actions and private attorney general matters.

pat Patricia J. Martin | Office Managing Shareholder | Littler

Patricia J. Martin has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. She litigates wage and hour collective and class actions, unfair competition cases, and discrimination cases, and regularly conducts pay equity audits for all types of employers. Trish has served as national coordinating counsel on wage and hour class, collective and mass actions pending in courts and before arbitral tribunals across the country.

Among her notable litigation successes Trish obtained a defense verdict in a defamation claim before FINRA. She has obtained denials of class certification and has had conditionally certified collectives decertified. She obtained the dismissal of hundreds of opt-in plaintiffs in a wage and hour collective action for failure to respond to discovery. She has obtained awards of summary judgment in favor of employers in numerous cases, including:

  • A class action under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law
  • A collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • A Title VII race discrimination claim
  • Claims brought under the Missouri commission statute
  • Claims brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act

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