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The pay gap between men and women currently stands at around 77% and it has been this way since the early 80s. Why has there been no progress since? President Obama believes it is because enforcement has not been aggressive enough. After all, this pay gap must mean pay discrimination is out there.Why has no one been finding and addressing this discrimination in over twenty years? Of course, some of the reasons could be statute of limitations issues that doomed Lilly Ledbetter's pay discrimination suit - thus leading to the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. President Obama, however, feels that the most significant reason is that the EEOC and the OFCCP has just not been aggressive enough in addressing pay discrimination. And, when the boss says "be aggressive," the agencies find ways to do just that. Learn what the EEOC and the OFCCP plans are for addressing pay disparities, what they will be looking for during an investigation or audit, and what you can do to avoid being a part of these agencies' front page headliners (the EEOC and the OFCCP don't sign confidentiality agreements).
Susan Fahey Desmond is a Principal in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C which has offices in 59 cities across the country. She has been representing management in the area of labor and employment law since her graduation from the University of Tennessee School Of Law. She is a frequent speaker and author on a number of labor and employment issues. She is named in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America's leading business lawyers for labor and employment law.