Chair, Affirmative Action and Pay Equity Practice Group Fortney & Scott, LLC
Mickey is a Shareholder with Fortney & Scott, LLC and Chair of the firm’s Affirmative Action & Pay Equity Practice Group.
For more than 20 years, Mickey has represented management in all areas of employment law, specializing in pay equity, OFCCP compliance and audit defense, affirmative action and EEO, and diversity and inclusion.
Mickey is recognized as a national expert in the areas of pay equity and systemic pay discrimination. He works closely with clients and a team of statisticians to prepare pay equity analyses both on a proactive basis and also in response to OFCCP and EEOC pay investigations and private pay litigation. Mickey regularly defends employers against claims of systemic pay discrimination. He also advises clients on pay system design and administration to identify and address often subtle or hidden barriers to pay equity.
In addition, Mickey annually has overseen the preparation of thousands of affirmative action plans for government contractors in all industries and across the country. He has directed the defense of hundreds of OFCCP audits, including many corporate management reviews. This high volume of audit defense keeps him on the “cutting edge” of OFCCP’s rapidly evolving enforcement trends. He often is asked to step in to defend OFCCP audits and investigations “gone wrong” and has a strong track record achieving great results in those audits. In fact, in the last 1,000 audits Mickey has defended, he has obtained Letters of Compliance-the best possible audit outcome-in more than 99.5% of the audits.
Mickey spends much of his time counseling employers on complex “real world” issues relating to pay equity, EEO and diversity. In the area of Diversity & Inclusion, Mickey works closely with clients in the design and successful administration D&I programs. He develops creative diversity analytics that allow employers to see what is and isn’t working in their programs and how to “move the needle” on diversity.
He also is the Co-chair of the Institute for Workplace Equality, a national employer association. Through his role with the Institute, he meets with OFCCP, EEOC and other federal agency national leadership to present the employer community’s perspective on proposed laws and regulations and agency enforcement trends.
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