1. Meeting and Beating the Threat of Pay Equity Claims: Policies, Audits, and Defense Strategies

Meeting and Beating the Threat of Pay Equity Claims: Policies, Audits, and Defense Strategies

Meeting and Beating the Threat of Pay Equity Claims: Policies, Audits, and Defense Strategies
Event ID: 18226
Recording: 15410

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Cheryl Behymer, partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, financial officers, CEOs, in-house counsel, affirmative action/EEO officers, federal contractors

Pay equity issues are of increasing concern to you and your employer, and with good reason, as they constitute a growing threat. Recent high-profile news stories and lawsuits have pushed the issue to the top of the list of employers’ concerns. The Equal Pay Act has been reinvigorated by recent political and legislative initiatives. A number of bellwether states have enacted robust pay equality statutes, with more legislation on the horizon. A number of companies are taking their own initiative to spot and remedy pay disparities. Equal pay litigation is on the rise, as it is easier for employees and government agencies to file pay discrimination suits. The amount of state-specific legislation has grown, as employers in some states are prohibited from requesting salary history, many are required to abide by pay transparency requirements, and all are prohibited from discriminating.

Please join Cheryl Behymer as she covers the key threat areas: federal, state and local laws; internal organizational compliance; litigation challenges; and how to conduct a compensation self-audit that provides real support for the company’s business objectives.


The following key compensation threat areas will be covered:

  • The latest developments and legislation
  • Policies and procedures for conducting an equal pay audit
  • Organizational challenges when complying with equal pay requirements
  • Drafting and implementing defendable compensation policies
  • Strategies to defend against pay discrimination claims
  • State-specific issues and concerns


Your conference leader for “Meeting and Beating the Threat of Pay Equity Claims: Policies, Audits and Defense Strategies” is Cheryl Behymer, attorney at law. Cheryl Behymer is a partner in the Columbia office of Fisher and Phillips and co-chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, as well as the Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group. She assists clients by providing timely and practical counsel, training and audit defense in affirmative action, workplace harassment, employee leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other labor and employment issues.

Cheryl defends employers who are responding to administrative charges, actively involved in litigation, or are participating in compliance reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Cheryl prepares affirmative action plans for federal contractors and subcontractors and assists federal contractor and non-federal contractor clients with self-audits, including compensation audits. She also defends employers in multi-plaintiff lawsuits, including class and collective actions.

Cheryl is a frequent presenter on pay equity, compensation, affirmative action, and harassment legal issues. She is also past chair of the South Carolina Diversity Council, a committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and a diversity fellow of The Diversity Leadership Institute affiliated with the Riley Institute at Furman University. Cheryl is an ambassador for the South Carolina Diversity Recruitment Consortium, and she is a former board member of the South Carolina ILG. Cheryl regularly presents on federal contract compliance at the ILG National Conferences, served as co-chair for the 2016 National Conference for the Industry Liaison Group, and regularly presents and publishes with national, state and local organizations and publications. Cheryl is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


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