203. Pay Equity: Mind the Gap

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 119

Pay equity is a highly publicized, yet often misunderstood topic. In the Bay Area, many companies are taking measures to address the pay gap on their own. This panel will provide the insight you need to understand issues involving pay equity. The panel will also discuss specific approaches that leaders in various industries are taking to tackle pay disparities, and best practices for compliance with the developing pay equity laws in the Bay Area.

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Attorney, Paul Hastings LLP

Zina Deldar

Zina Deldar represents multinational companies in all aspects of employment law litigation and counseling. Her experience ranges from handling administrative complaints and single-plaintiff claims to class and collective actions involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage-and-hour claims under federal and state laws. Ms. Deldar also advises, writes, and speaks on federal contractors’ obligations under Executive Order 11246 and related statutes and regulations, and represents contractors in connection with building their compliance program and in compliance audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). Ms. Deldar has significant experience counseling clients on reductions in force and compliance with applicable federal and state laws. She represents pro bono clients in immigration proceedings and advises non-profits on employment law.


Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Leslie Abbott

Leslie Abbott is a partner and co-chair of the Los Angeles Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings, where she has practiced since 1991. Ms. Abbott represents employers in all aspects of employment law in industries including retail, technology, manufacturing, entertainment, finance, insurance, health care, real estate, hospitality, and many others. Ms. Abbott co-chairs the firm’s nationwide Wage and Hour practice group. She focuses her practice on defending complex class and PAGA representative actions. She handles investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, provides advice and training on wage and hour best practices, and conducts pay and classification compliance audits.

Ms. Abbott also handles complex individual and systemic discrimination lawsuits and government investigations. She advises extensively on disability and leave laws.

Director, Resolution Economics LLP

Elain Reardon

Dr. Reardon is a Director at Resolution Economics LLC. She has a broad range of experience in applying labor economics and statistics to problems involving employment issues. She has analyzed claims alleging discrimination in hiring, promotion, termination, and pay equity in class action and single plaintiff matters. She also has conducted analyses on a consulting basis for companies auditing their compliance with the California Fair Pay Act. She has testified in an expert capacity in both federal and state courts.

Elaine holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Resolution Economics, she was an economist at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Santa Monica, California. Elaine’s research has been published in Law360, The Journal of Human Resources, in RAND monographs, and the Employee Relations Law Journal. She has taught business economics at Loyola Marymount Business School and statistics and econometrics in the undergraduate economics department at UCLA.

Director and Assistant General Counsel, VMWare

Leslie Yuan


Leslie Yuan is Director and Assistant General Counsel at VMware. She heads the employment legal group for the Americas, where she manages all matters related to employment issues, including litigation, compliance, M&A integration and counseling. Prior to VMware, Leslie was at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and at Littler Mendelson. She has spoken on numerous panels related to employment, diversity and gender issues, and has received awards for her pro bono efforts. Leslie received her law degree from UCLA and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.