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Laura A. Mitchell

Principal
Denver

P 303-225-2382
F 303-892-5575
Laura.Mitchell@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the leadership team for the firm’s Government Contractor Industry Group.

Her practice is focused on representing government and non-government contractors in OFCCP matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. Ms. Mitchell personally oversees the development of hundreds of AAPs each year and is intimately involved in the defense of numerous OFCCP audits. She also spends significant time counseling companies in connection with conducting pay equity analyses as well as government contractor employment obligations.

Ms. Mitchell is the editor and a principal contributor of The Affirmative Action Law Advisor blog and frequently presents on pay equity, affirmative action compliance, OFCCP enforcement trends, and government contractor obligations.

Honors and Recognitions

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Understanding Pay Equity,” 2019 Physician and APP Compensation Workshop (Denver, CO, October 8, 2019) (co-presenter)
  • “Colorado’s New Equal Pay Act – Are You Ready?,” Hospitality Human Resources Association (Denver, CO, September 2019) (presenter)
  • “Opening Your Eyes Through Your Affirmative Action Data: Another View of Diversity and Inclusion,” American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) (Indianapolis, IN, August 2019) (presenter) 
  • “Pay Equity and the Pressures Facing Companies to conduct Compensation and Analyses,” Kansas City Missouri Bar Association (KCMBA) (Kansas City, MO, June 2019) (co-presenter)
  • “Drinking from a Fire Hose: OFCCP/EEOC Updates,” Kansas City Industry Liaison Group (Overland Park, KS, May 2019) (co-presenter)
  • “State Compensation Laws: Conducting Self-Audits and Analysis,” Institute for Workplace Equality (Falls Church, VA May 2019) (co-presenter)
  • “Making and Messaging Pay Adjustments,” Institute for Workplace Equality (Falls Church, VA May 2019) (co-presenter)
  • “Pay Equity in the Public Eye: Why Pay Equity Remains a Major Concern for Employers,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (Webinar, April 2019) (co-presenter)

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October 15, 2019
Bloomberg Law

Laura Mitchell Comments on Record $27M Collected from Federal Contractors in Bias Settlements

October 15, 2019

Laura Mitchell comments on record-setting collections from federal contractors for workplace discrimination settlements totaling $27 million by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in 2019 in “Labor Department Agency Collects Record $27M in Bias Settlements,” published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to... Read More

September 25, 2019
Missouri In-House Counsel

Laura Mitchell and Elizabeth Hernandez Discuss the Value of Corporate Pay Equity Analyses

September 25, 2019

Laura Mitchell and Elizabeth Hernandez discuss the value of companies preemptively conducting comprehensive pay equity analyses to address discussions of the pay gap between men and women in “‘Everyone is talking about pay’: Lawyers offer tips on navigating pay equity analyses,” published by Missouri In-House Counsel.... Read More

September 17, 2019
SHRM

Laura Mitchell Comments on How the EEOC and OFCCP Use EEO-1 Reports

September 17, 2019

Laura Mitchell comments on how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) may use both of the report's components, 1 and 2 in "How Do the EEOC and OFCCP Use EEO-1 Reports?" published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 28, 2019

Colorado Enacts Comprehensive Equal Pay Law

May 28, 2019

Enacting one of the toughest enhanced state pay equity laws to date, Colorado has become the tenth state in the country to pass an equal pay law that is more demanding than federal law. The new law, signed by Governor Jared Polis on May 22, 2019, goes into effect on January 1, 2021. The “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” (SB 19-085),... Read More

May 2, 2019

EEOC Announces Plans to Collect 2017 and 2018 Pay Data by September 30, 2019

May 2, 2019

On May 1, the EEOC announced plans to collect pay data for both calendar year 2017 and calendar year 2018 by September 30, 2019. A copy of the announcement scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 3 is available here. Given this development, a government appeal seems unlikely, but we will continue to monitor and will... Read More

March 27, 2019

OFCCP Releases Corporate Scheduling Announcement List, Audits Coming Soon

March 27, 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has publicly released its first Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) of 2019 on its website on March 25. There are 3,500 establishments on this CSAL. The CSAL advises employers of the company locations targeted for OFCCP audits of their Affirmative Action Program (AAP... Read More

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Update on EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting – Getting Ready to File

July 9, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting: What You Need to Know

May 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

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OFCCP’s Audit Plate is Full and You’ve Been Invited to Dinner – Are you Ready?

April 17, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
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OFCCP Releases Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions
October 11, 2019

As previewed a while ago on the Agency’s Technical Assistance website, OFCCP has released a Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions.  The 80-page guide contains An overview of the equal employment opportunity obligations for federal contractors The required components of affirmative action programs and related inform Read More

OFCCP Seeks to Tweak Disability Self-Identification Form
October 11, 2019

At a time when the Agency has begun embarking on Section 503 Focused Reviews, OFCCP continues work to prevent discrimination for individuals with disabilities. Last week, as national disability awareness month began, OFCCP quietly published a request to tweak its prescribed disability self-identification form.  The revisions seek to strea Read More

EEOC Seeks Court Permission to Deem Pay Data Reporting Complete
October 9, 2019

In the next chapter of the pay data reporting saga, the EEOC has filed a Motion with the court seeking an order “determining that the EEO-1 Component 2 data collection is deemed complete.”  The EEOC is reporting that, “as October 8, 2019, 75.9% of eligible filers had submitted Component 2 data.” Please find the rest...… Read More

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Legal Updates and Trends in Affirmative Action for Federal Contractors

James Mackey and Laura Mitchell discuss the latest updates and trends in affirmative action for federal contractors.

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