Gender Pay Gap: A Myth or Reality?

On Demand Webinar Duration 60 Minutes Credits HRCI 1 & SHRM 1 PDCs

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Speaker:Melveen Stevenson is the CEO and founder of M.S.Elemental, LLC, a human resources and business advisory firm based in Los Angeles, California

Areas Covered

  • Describe the history of gender pay gaps and what the situation looks like today
  • Understand the basics of the OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule
  • Identify contributing factors for gender pay gaps
  • Review recent legislative requirements on barring pay history inquiries
  • Present suggestions for how employers can close the gender pay gap in their workforce
  • Walk through case studies of companies that face pending lawsuits related to gender pay gap issues
  • Present case studies of company that have successfully closed their existing gender pay gaps


Gender pay gap is still a misunderstood area of workforce management and engagement. However, some employers are beginning to understand just how serious a topic it is, especially when employee take legal action. Here are just a few of them:

  • Reported in recent media reports, a class action lawsuit was brought by female employees who worked at Nike, citing pay discrimination. The allegations have led a staffs shakeup, including the departure of about a dozen top executives in the company.
  • Likewise, a former sales executive at Spotify recently filed a lawsuit against the company over gender-based discrimination, equal pay violation, and defamation.
  • Similarly, three women filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of discriminating against female employees by underpaying them and denying them opportunities for promotions.

Together, these cases demonstrate how critical it is for employers to not only understand gender pay gap issues, but to also act swiftly and appropriately to close those gaps.

Broadly, current news reports and personal experiences voiced in social media confirm that there is a gender gap in how workers are paid. While it is still unclear as to how prevalent and wide that gap is across the labor market, it is startlingly clear that employers need to take steps to uncover and close any gender pay gaps they have. Risks abound for lack of action including litigation exposure, low employee engagement, and lack of productivity and profits in overall business performance. In today’s dynamic labor market, it can even mean your most valuable employees quitting in dissatisfaction.

Who will Benefit

  • Human resources professionals
  • Business owners
  • Senior leaders of companies
  • Recruiters (external and internal)
  • Talent Management professionals

This activity has been approved for 1 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

This program is valid for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

Your Instructor

Melveen Stevenson
Melveen Stevenson

Melveen Stevenson is the CEO and founder of M.S.Elemental, LLC, a human resources and business advisory firm based in Los Angeles, California. As a certified HR professional with a background in accounting and finance, she helps companies to navigate the human resources “jungle” of compliance, human capital, and leadership challenges. By using an encompassing business approach, she helps to strengthen the infrastructure of organizations from the inside out, specifically through leadership development, operations, training, employee engagement, and executive coaching.

Over the last 17 years, Melveen has held leadership positions in human resources operations, supply chain, and talent management at international companies in food manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products. She has also worked internationally.

Melveen began her career in accounting and international banking. With an inspired desire to support and drive organizational success through human capital, she redirected her career and obtained her MBA at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.

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