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Alissa A. Horvitz is co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Practice Group. Her experience includes:

  • Preparing affirmative action plans
  • Representing government contractors before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Preparing for and defending OFCCP audits and onsite visits
  • Responding to OFCCP information requests
  • Evaluating compensation disparity claims
  • Evaluating single entity claims
  • Opposing OFCCP jurisdictional claims for companies without government contracts
  • Petitioning OFCCP for separate facility exemptions
  • Evaluating compliance with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures

She has prepared and defended hundreds of desk audit submissions and has significant on-site defense experience preparing and defending managers in interviews and in preparing employees for interviews. She has specific knowledge of the following statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations:

  • Executive Order 11246
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act
  • The Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002
  • 41 C.F.R. Parts 60 and 61
  • The Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (52.222-xx)
  • Executive Order 13496

Alissa also prepares adverse impact analyses associated with reductions-in-force, conducts privileged compensation analyses, and provides guidance regarding outreach to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Additionally, she advises employers on:

  • The preparation of EEO-1 and VETS-100A forms
  • The overlap between affirmative action and diversity
  • Myriad issues arising out of their obligations under OFCCP regulations

Working with any company that is a direct contractor or subcontractor to a contract with the federal government, Alissa's clients span the following industries:

  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Health care and medical suppliers
  • Trucking and transportation
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Warehousing
  • Universities
  • Information technology

She frequently speaks to government contractor groups on various affirmative action and audit preparation topics. She also is frequently quoted by reporters in their analysis of OFCCP events and is widely-regarded as a thought-leader on OFCCP topics.

Prior to working at Littler, Alissa spent 16 years at another well-respected law firm, developing and growing the affirmative action and OFCCP practice. While there, she also successfully litigated a disability discrimination jury trial, an employee benefits bench trial, a wrongful termination case, and several federal class and collective action cases involving allegations of race and age discrimination.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association

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