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Pay Equity Laws in the Northeast: New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts

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Produced on January 31, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

Pay Equity continues to be one of the hottest issues in 2019.  Not surprisingly, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts have some of the most robust pay equity laws in the nation. The heightened focus on pay equality has also led to high-stakes litigation and substantial settlements.  An understanding of these laws is essential to identify and address potential pay disparities and develop strategies for managing legal compliance. Kathleen Caminiti, Melissa Osipoff, and Cheryl Pinarchick of Fisher Phillips will provide an overview of the latest legal developments in this evolving area of the law. This course will benefit attorneys nationwide whether they’re looking to become familiar with this national trend, are referring to these laws as a model for their own states, or have employees and/or clients in New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of the key provisions of the Federal Equal Pay Act and the State pay equity laws of New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts
  2. Examine trends in rising pay equity litigation
  3. Identify effective strategies for evaluating pay equity and taking advantage of safe harbor provisions when available
  4. Offer practical advice for navigating the complex area of pay equity

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Kathleen Caminiti

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Kathie Caminiti is a partner in the firm's New Jersey and New York offices, and co-chair of the Pay Equity practice group. She has extensive experience handling employment litigation matters, ranging from individual plaintiff discrimination claims to wage and hour class and collective actions.

Kathie has successfully defended cases alleging civil rights violations, race, sex, age and handicap discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, wrongful discharge and retaliation. Kathie has a sophisticated wage and hour practice and has distinguished herself in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)/wage and hour litigation. Kathie currently is the lead counsel on a number of nationwide class and collective actions and 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 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 well as trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation.

Kathie counsels her clients on compliance with the law in such areas as employment discrimination, disability law, wrongful termination, reductions in force, FMLA and leave laws, sexual harassment, pay equity, and wage & hour matters and issues related to employee classification, including issues involving independent contractors and interns. Kathie also assists clients in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as wage and hour and pay equity audits.

Recently, Kathie has been dedicating her time to analyzing the legal issues surrounding pay equality, including defense of collective actions under the Equal Pay Act, and the proposed EEOC regulations requiring that EEO-1 reports include pay date and state pay equity legislation and litigation. As a member of the firm’s Education Practice Group, Kathie regularly provides advice to a number of private educational institutions regarding employee, student and Board issues.

Her expertise is frequently quoted by ABC NewsNJBizHR ExecutiveNJ 101.5 and other media outlets. She has published numerous articles that have appeared in The New York Law JournalNew Jersey BusinessNew Jersey Lawyer Magazine and Practical Law Institute regarding a variety of employment-related issues.

Cheryl Pinarchick

Fisher Phillips

Cheryl Pinarchick is a partner in the firm's Boston office and a founding Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Practice Group. She represents employers in all areas of employment law.

Cheryl has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She has successfully defended employment lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, wage and hour violations, retaliation and other related claims. She has also successfully prosecuted trade secret and non-competition agreements in numerous jurisdictions.

Cheryl counsels employers on compliance with the law in areas such as pay equity, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, reductions in force, FMLA and leave laws, sexual harassment, and wage & hour matters, including issues related to employee classification. Cheryl also assists employers in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as conducting wage and hour and pay equity audits.

With the patchwork of emerging state and local pay equity laws, Cheryl has been dedicating significant time to the legal issues surrounding pay equality, state pay equity legislation and litigation and pay equity compliance audits.  She is a frequent presenter on pay equity both locally and nationally.

Melissa Osipoff

Fisher Phillips

Melissa Osipoff is a partner in the firm's New York office. She represents employers in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Her practice focuses on representing employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases under the anti-discrimination laws, as well as defending employers in wage and hour litigation arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state laws. Melissa also represents employers on matters involving wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and trade secrets. She also advises and counsels clients on a wide variety of employment law matters.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Melissa was an associate at Ogletree Deakins in New York City. Before that she served as an associate in the litigation department at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2006 from St. John's University School of Law, where she served as a member of the St. John's Law Review. Additionally, she graduated with distinction from University of Virginia, where she received a B.A. in Sociology.


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Maria H.

It was a great course and very informative.

JoAnne P.

I found the back-and-forth exchanges between the speakers to be helpful


Thank you

Jeanne N.

one of the best programs. loved the extra resources at the end. also the 3 speakers really shared time in a varied manner

Karen H.

Terrific update on where the law is. Great slides too.

Rochelle L.

Very timely and appreciated.

Kimberly P.

Excellent program!

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