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Rochester, NY Pay Equity: Understanding Hurdles, Addressing Realities and Our Role – presented jointly with NAAAHR

The National HR Association Rochester Affiliate will be presenting this program jointly with  NAAAHR – the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, WNY Rochester Chapter.


It’s time to close the pay gap and for the work world to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion so we can all thrive. In recent decades, American women have made significant strides toward economic equality. They make up nearly half the U.S. workforce, and two-thirds of women are their family’s primary or co-breadwinner. Yet men continue to earn more money—and accumulate more wealth—than women do. The median salary for women is just 82% of the median salary for men—a figure that has barely budged over the past generation. Median earnings for American women working full time are $45,097, while men are paid $55,291.

Similar to political standpoints and discussions surrounding race, asking someone how much they earn is considered socially taboo. The reality is for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, white women earn 77 cents, mothers earn 69 cents, Black women earn 61 cents, and Latina and Native American women earn 55 cents. This needs to change. As HR practitioners, we are uniquely positioned to uncover disparities, implement strategy, and educate key stakeholders to create a more just workplace, break down pay equity barriers, and open new opportunities for everyone. Join us to learn how.

Date: Thursday 9/24 | 1pm – 2:30pm EST

Cost: $20 for members and non-members

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the legal aspects of connecting pay equity, performance/merit and what gets measured.
  • Increase awareness about what closing the gap truly means to the person and organization.
  • Understand strategies and tactics used to shape compensation across different levels of employee.


Candice A. Lucas, EdD, MBA, is the Chief Community Engagement Officer at Monroe County. Dr. Lucas was appointed to this newly created position in March 2020 to reimagine the relationship between the county and its residents by ensuring bi-directional communication, engaging community members in problem-solving and transforming interactions between government and citizens.

Dr. Lucas is a community leader committed to improving the lives of marginalized populations in Monroe County. With a broad background in addressing the needs of underserved residents across Rochester, she has led programs and initiatives aimed at improving health and well-being including: promoting physical activity and nutrition as a means of chronic disease prevention; cancer prevention and early detection education to reduce the incidence of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers; financial coaching and professional development to assist low-income workers in career advancement; health literacy and advocacy training to empower patients and community members in being strong self-advocates for their health; and diversity and inclusion practices to help Rochester become an equitable society.

Dr. Lucas lives in the city of Rochester and is a member of Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church.


Kate McClung is a labor and employment law attorney who counsels employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including addressing wage and hour issues, responding to claims of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and enforcing restrictive covenant agreements.

Kate regularly handles class actions and individual litigation in state and federal courts and administrative claims before state and federal government agencies.

Prior to joining Bond, Kate worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City.



Connection Details: Attendees will receive an email with a WebEx link, along with connection instructions, prior to the event.

Registration will close at 3pm on 9/21/20

Cancellations permitted up to 24 hours prior to event.

For questions on registration or cancellations, please contact one of our co-directors of Hospitality:
Nicole Kier at Kier.nicole@gmail.com or Lauren Sebring at lsebring@goodwillfingerlakes.org


This program has been submitted for 1.5 HR credit hours to the HR Certification Institute for review.