Esther Lander Quoted in Law360 on EEOC Proposal Regarding Equal Pay Data Reporting

In response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s announcement that it would require federal contractors and other employers with more than 100 workers to provide more pay data, Akin Gump labor and employment partner Esther Lander offered her thoughts on the move, which the agency says will help uncover potential pay discrimination. Lander was quoted in the Law360 article “Attys React To EEOC’s Equal Pay Data Reporting Proposal.”

In response to a question about the significance of the proposal, Lander said her initial impression is that “the aggregate data won’t tell us much about pay discrimination and is going to place a significant collection and reporting burden on employers. She added, “Employers could also be unfairly targeted based upon this data because of extremely overbroad job categories, inaccurate data on hours worked for salaried employees, and zero controls for important key nondiscriminatory variables that could explain perceived differences in pay between groups.”