Caroline J. Berdzik, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor Practice Group, was part of a group of attorneys offering analysis to Law360 on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s plan to require federal contractors and other employers with more than 100 workers to provide more pay data. The EEOC believes this will help uncover potential pay discrimination.
However, as Caroline notes: “In addition to increasing the already high administrative burdens placed on employers by a myriad of federal, state and local employment laws and administrative agencies, this proposed reporting requirement could make employers more susceptible to EEOC investigations and class action equal pay lawsuits,” she said. “The urgency for employers to conduct a privileged audit of their pay practices and address any compliance issues has never been greater.”