Jora B. Stixrud, Ph.D.

Jora B. Stixrud is a Managing Director in Welch Consulting’s Washington, DC office.

Dr. Stixrud regularly consults on cases involving allegations of gender and race discrimination in various employment practices, as well as on cases involving wage and hours disputes. She is experienced in applying economic and statistical analyses to evaluate these allegations and in estimating potential damages in class action cases.

Dr. Stixrud received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, where she specialized in Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Applied Microeconomics. She served as a teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate courses in econometrics and empirical labor economics at the University of Chicago, and also worked as a research assistant. Dr. Stixrud’s research studies the effects of skills developed at young ages on adult labor market and behavioral outcomes, as well as changes in the quality of U.S. school teachers over the past 40 years.


Consultant, Employment Discrimination: Class action suit involving allegations of gender discrimination at the hourly and salaried levels in a large national retail company. Analyzed company human resource, payroll, and applicant tracking data to assess gender differentials in pay and promotion. Estimated potential damages under a variety of scenarios and investigated patterns in results to assess common class issues.

Consultant, Employment Discrimination: Multi-state EEOC investigation involving allegations of discrimination against African Americans in promotions and compensation at a large national home improvement retailer. Combined company human resource, job interest, and promotion tracking data to analyze racial differences in promotion rates. Investigated racial differences in compensation at hire.

Consultant, Employment Discrimination: Nationwide class action and EEOC allegations of discrimination against racial/ethnic minorities, women and older workers employed with an industry-leading national general merchandise retailer. Analyzed company human resource and payroll data to assess protected group differentials in pay and promotions of salaried workers.

Consultant, Employment Discrimination: Nationwide audit of large national retail company with regard to company gender diversity goals. Analyzed company-provided and third-party data sources to predict changes in gender representation over the next decade under alternative scenarios.

Consultant, Wage & Hours: Several class action suits involving claims of unpaid work time at a major telecommunications company. Analyzed computer, badge swipe, and time keeping systems to calculate measures of potential unpaid work time. Combined bi-weekly and daily payroll data to generate exposure analyses for FLSA damages that account for overpayments and critiqued plaintiffs’ reports in support of mediation.

Consultant, Wage & Hours: Class action case involving allegations of meal and rest break violations and falsified meals at a California location of a national restaurant chain. Combined time keeping and payroll records to measure meal and rest break penalties, over-time payments owed, and other associated penalties. Generated damage estimates under alternative scenarios and provided mediation support.

Consultant, Wage & Hours: Case involving allegation of employee misclassification at a non- profit company. Combined payroll and time keeping data to assess FLSA compliance. Generated estimates of back pay, exposure, and re-classification costs.