Will Expanded EEO-1 Data Collection Yield New Insights?

Law360, September 7, 2016

Proposed changes to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Employer Information Report (EEO-1) are seen as likely to increase the risk of wage discrimination class action lawsuits being brought against employers. In an article, “Will Expanded EEO-1 Data Collection Yield New Insights?,”  recently published in Law360, Analysis Group Vice Presidents Laura O'Laughlin and Shannon Seitz evaluate the potential impact of the proposed changes to the EEO-1 reporting requirements, which would be expanded to include information on employee earnings and hours. Dr. Seitz and Ms. O'Laughlin summarize the changes to the requirements and assess whether the additional information can produce economically meaningful statistical evidence of wage discrimination for the purposes of class action litigation. The authors then provide recommendations on how employers and their counsel can leverage economic and statistical expertise to minimize the risks associated with these increased reporting requirements, such as evaluating current and historical data on compensation.

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