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In the last three years, the landscape around equal pay laws has been changing rapidly. Recognizing the shortcomings of federal and state equal pay laws and the increasing political attractiveness of advocating for equal pay, state lawmakers across the country have been revising their equal pay laws to attempt to provide a real solution to the wage gap. Since 2015, over a dozen states and localities have changed or added to their equal pay protections and, this year alone, equal pay legislation was introduced in almost every state. Many of these laws have sought to close gaping loopholes in employer defenses and change the “equal pay for equal work” standard to allow for fairer, less stringent work comparisons. Others have created new innovative legal tools for addressing pay discrimination, including anti-retaliation protections for employees who discuss their pay and prohibitions on employers relying on applicants’ prior salary to set pay. At the same time, disputes about what constitutes non-discriminatory employer justifications for pay disparities under federal law have been working their way up to higher courts, most recently with the Rizo v. Yovino case, in which an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that prior salary alone cannot justify an otherwise unlawful gender pay disparity.
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Jennifer A. Reisch Jennifer A. Reisch is the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and education access and opportunities for women and girls. She leads ERA’s legal...MoreJennifer A. Reisch is the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and education access and opportunities for women and girls. She leads ERA’s legal team in making an impact through litigation, direct services, legislative advocacy, and community education and outreach. Prior to joining ERA, Ms. Reisch was a partner with the San Francisco law firm of Talamantes Villegas Carrera, LLP, where she represented workers in individual and class action suits challenging unlawful employment practices and other civil rights violations, and was named a Rising Star in employment litigation by Super Lawyers magazine four years in a row. Ms. Reisch has taught a bilingual course on Representing Spanish-Speaking Workers as an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law for five years, and previously taught at University of San Francisco School of Law. She is an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and serves on the East Bay Community Law Center’s Advisory Board. Ms. Reisch is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and Yale University. Collapse
Kalpana Kotagal Kalpana Kotagal is a Partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced...MoreKalpana Kotagal is a Partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in her 2018 Best Actress acceptance speech. Ms. Kotagal focuses almost exclusively on employment class actions involving allegations of discrimination. Currently, she represents a class of female sales employees in a Title VII and Equal Pay Act case against one of the nation's largest jewelry chains in Jock, et al. v Sterling Jewelers Inc. Her clients have alleged a pattern of sex discrimination in compensation and promotions. She also represents women who allege that AT&T discriminated against them because of their pregnancies. Ms. Kotagal also played an instrumental role in representing Wal-Mart employees in the landmark Supreme Court case Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Before joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Kotagal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Kotagal earned her B.S. from Stanford University, with honors, and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a James Wilson Fellow. Ms. Kotagal was Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Collapse
June 28, 2018
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
The New Frontier Of Pay Discrimination - Audio
The New Frontier Of Pay Discrimination - Paper
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