Hearing of March 16, 2016 - Public Input into the Proposed Revisions to the EEO-1 Report
Mr. Fortney is a co-founder of Fortney & Scott, LLC, a Washington, DC-based law firm counseling and advising clients on the full spectrum of work-place related matters, including employment discrimination and labor matters, compliance programs, government contracting, international dispute resolution and counseling matters, and developing strategies for avoiding or responding to workplace-related crises.
Mr. Fortney has a broad-based practice representing and counseling employers and executives in employment and labor matters, including equal employment opportunity requirements, wage and hour matters, federal contractor's affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations, collective bargaining, workplace health and safety, and pension and welfare benefits. He brings experience from the public and private sectors in advising clients on these issues, and he frequently represents clients before the U.S. Department of Labor's agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Fortney's litigation experience includes obtaining defense verdicts for employers in extended jury trials, as well as designing and implementing Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures to help resolve employment claims in an efficient and fair manner.
Mr. Fortney has been widely recognized for his professional accomplishments and expertise, including being named one of the leading employment lawyers in Washington, DC by the Chambers USA survey of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in all years from 2005 through present. He was selected for inclusion in the 2009 through present editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Washington DC's, Washington DC's Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Mr. Fortney was also awarded an AV rating (the highest level) by Martindale-Hubbell.
Before co-founding the firm, Mr. Fortney previously served as the chief legal officer of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. during the term of President George H.W. Bush. As Acting Solicitor of Labor, he was responsible for enforcing over 140 laws regulating the nation's workplaces and managing an agency with 800 attorneys and support staff. He advised Secretaries of Labor Elizabeth Dole and Lynn Martin and the Department of Labor agencies on a broad range of legal, policy, legislative, regulatory and enforcement issues. The major Department of Labor agencies Mr. Fortney represented included the Wage and Hour Division, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Mr. Fortney has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions and a state legislative committee on wage and hour matters.
Mr. Fortney is a frequent lecturer and writer on employment-related topics, including appearances on CNN, CBS and Fox News. Mr. Fortney is, a Co-Founder of The OFCCP Institute (a nonprofit focusing on federal contractor training); Co-Chair of the Practicing Law Institute's annual wage and hour seminar; the editor of the Federal Employment Law Insider monthly newsletter; and he has authored legal treatises and numerous articles on labor and employment matters.