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Unconscious Bias & Equal Pay Laws: The Paradigm is Changing


In the last 12 months 8 states have passed laws making it easier to establish pay discrimination, and eliminating long-standing affirmative defenses.  The EEOC and OFCCP have also passed regulations seeking greater collection of pay information.  This legal expansion has been accompanied by a push from the activist investors in the private sector looking to force shareholder resolutions on pay equity.   This program will include a comprehensive summary of these laws, where your company may be exposed and what steps you can take to minimize exposure.

Educational Objectives:
Program participants will:
• Gain a comprehensive summary of EEOC and OFCCP regulations surrounding pay information collection
• Learn the major risks faced by your company
• Gain tips for minimizing exposure to the risks related to pay discrimination

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Payroll leaders and professionals; human resources leaders and professionals.


Rachel B. Cowen
  • Partner
  • DLA Piper

Rachel Cowen is an experienced employment litigator who has handled cases in federal and state court and administrative agencies throughout the United States.She regularly represents clients in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States. She has defended some of the largest corporations in America, and has gone head to head with the EEOC as plaintiff on numerous occasions.Rachel also has significant experience prosecuting and defending employee mobility and trade secret litigation. She handles such cases on an emergency injunctive basis, as well as successfully trying them to verdict for monetary damages, and she has won cases as both the plaintiff and the defendant. Rachel works with numerous financial services companies and professional engineering firms and has developed a niche in representing these companies in unfair competition cases.Rachel regularly represents employers facing union organizing activity and picketing. She has successfully tried numerous cases before the National Labor Relations Board. She handles collective bargaining and labor arbitrations for her clients as well.

Continuing Education

COA, 1.0 HRCI, 1.0 SHRM
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