SOURCE: Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

February 01, 2011 10:15 ET

Employers Can Identify Disparities in People Selections Before They Happen and Possibly Prevent Certain Discrimination Claims, According to Marks Paneth & Shron

Marks Paneth & Shron Director Josefina Tranfa-Abboud Explains How to Identify and Correct Problematic Disparities

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Josefina Tranfa-Abboud, Ph.D., a director in the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group of leading New York accounting firm Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, has published an article in the Winter 2010 issue of the Employee Relations Law Journal on how to identify and correct potentially problematic disparities in employee selections (such as hiring, promotions, termination, and the like) before they happen.

According to Dr. Tranfa-Abboud, even disparities in employee selections resulting from legitimate business reasons can lead to claims of disparate impact or disparate treatment of "protected class" groups of employees.

In her article, Dr. Tranfa-Abboud:

  • Explains what defines a "protected class."
  • Presents a case study on the potential disparate impact in a case of reduction in force (RIF).
  • Illustrates how an advance review of employment decisions under consideration from the perspective of possible exposure to discrimination claims, can reduce the likelihood of a legal dispute.

Dr. Tranfa-Abboud's full article is available for reading in the Marks Paneth & Shron Library.

To speak with Dr. Tranfa-Abboud about economic analyses related to claims of employment discrimination, please contact Itay Engelman of Sommerfield Communications at 212.255.8386 or via email at itay@sommerfield.com.

About Josefina Tranfa-Abboud, Ph.D.

Josefina V. Tranfa-Abboud Ph.D. is a Director in the Litigation and Corporate Financial Advisory Services Group at Marks Paneth & Shron LLP. Dr. Tranfa-Abboud has extensive experience in economic analyses related to claims of employment discrimination and labor law, as well as damages calculations in commercial claims related to breach of contract and business interruption. Dr. Tranfa-Abboud provides research, statistical analysis, damages analysis, and expert witness services for both plaintiffs and defendants.

About Marks Paneth & Shron

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP is an accounting firm with nearly 475 people, of whom 64 are partners and principals. The firm provides businesses with a full range of auditing, accounting, tax, bankruptcy and restructuring services as well as litigation and corporate financial advisory services to domestic and international clients. The firm also specializes in providing tax advisory and consulting for high-net-worth individuals and their families, as well as a wide range of services for international, real estate, media, entertainment, nonprofit, professional and financial services and energy clients.

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