More than three decades ago, some 20 states – Minnesota and California among them – passed groundbreaking pay equity laws.
The aim was comparable pay for work of comparable value, whether the jobs were typically held by men or women. While employers generally put a lower price tag on “women’s work,” the thinking went, perhaps the public sector could set an example.
Why should the government pay an office assistant less than a groundskeeper, after all?
Minnesota made good on its pay equity promise. California did not.
Source: The Sacramento Bee