Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

New Gender Pay Gap Laws: Employers Take Note

Program Number: 29189

Program Date: 11/01/2019


Concerns about pay inequality have intensified greatly in recent years. Politicians, media and the public are voicing strong opposition to employers paying women, and other historically marginalized groups, less for the same or substantially similar work. Pay equity laws are expanding, and protections in New York, California, and other locations significantly exceed federal regulations. Class action lawsuits focused on fair pay are increasing, and negative publicity can hurt employee recruiting, retention and customer relationships. In New York, with liquidated damages of 300% and a 6-year statute of limitations, pay equity suits may just be too hard for plaintiffs’ lawyers to resist.

This webcast will discuss:
• A brief overview of the history of equal pay legislation
• An update on recent judicial and legislative developments in this area
• Compliance guidelines and recommendations for dealing with this rapidly evolving area of the law

“Pay equality is one of the biggest issues our nation faces.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Brown University, February 6, 2018

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50 minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60 minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Both New and Experienced Attorneys in NY


Kathleen Caminiti, Esq.

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Kathie Caminiti is a partner in the firm's New Jersey and New York offices, and a co-chair of both the Wage and Hour and Pay Equity practice groups. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of employment litigation, including individual plaintiff discrimination claims, restrictive covenant litigation and wage and hour class and collective actions.

Kathie has a sophisticated wage and hour practice and has distinguished herself in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)/wage and hour litigation. As lead counsel, Kathie has obtained favorable outcomes for clients in various wage and hour matters, including class and collective actions arising under the FLSA and various state laws.

Kathie has successfully defended cases alleging civil rights violations, race, sex, age and handicap discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, wrongful discharge and retaliation. She has also defended employers and financial institutions in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases, including class actions, seeking severance, pension and health and welfare benefits.

As a chair of Fisher Phillips’ Pay Equity Practice Group, Kathie dedicates her time to analyzing the legal issues surrounding pay equality, conducting pay equity audits and defending equal pay litigation.

Kathie counsels her clients on compliance with the panoply of employment laws and assists with their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as wage and hour and pay equity audits.

Given her significant experience, Kathie is frequently quoted by ABC News, NJBiz, HR Executive, NJ 101.5 and other media outlets. She has published numerous articles that have appeared in The New York Law Journal, New Jersey Business, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and Practical Law Institute regarding a variety of employment-related issues.


Denise Visconti, Esq.

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Denise M. Visconti handles a broad variety of employment litigation matters, most often stemming from claims arising under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging overtime misclassification and other wage and hour violations. She also has experience with single-plaintiff claims involving:

• Wrongful termination
• Sexual harassment
• Employment discrimination
• Accommodation

A large portion of her practice involves the defense of clients in class action litigation, particularly in wage and hour matters, along with representative actions and private attorney general matters.

Denise also has extensive experience conducting pay equity audits for all types of employers, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, and helped develop the Littler Pay Equity Assessment™, including counseling employers on a broad range of state and federal issues related to pay equity, from compliance, to updating policies and job descriptions, to training managers and recruiters, and more.

She appears in state and federal courts and has handled arbitrations in various forums, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association, and JAMS. She is particularly familiar with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to gender identity and expression.

Denise regularly provides advice and counseling to clients regarding gender identity and gender expression-related issues, gender transitions in the workplace, and various issues relating to domestic partnerships and same-sex couples. She also has given a number of presentations to human resource professionals, managers, and employees on valuing diversity and creating and maintaining a diverse workplace.

Denise works with a diverse group of clients, including:

• Bioscience companies
• Computer technology companies
• Healthcare organizations
• Retail establishments
• Airlines

Denise previously served as the San Diego Office Managing Shareholder. Prior to that, she served as the San Diego Office representative of the Associates Committee.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in January 2004, Denise served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, Presiding Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California and also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Peter A. Nowinski, Eastern District of California. She spent her third year of law school working in the Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic helping newly-arriving immigrants obtain political asylum. She also was student director for the Legislative Journal.