Pay equity law isn't working in Minnesota
As a woman in the work force, I believe if a male and a female are doing the same job, they should receive the same pay. This is sometimes referred to as "pay equity."
When I was elected Wabasha County Commissioner, my eyes were opened on this issue. I assumed pay equity protected women from wage discrimination. In reality, it does nothing of the sort. Pay equity in Minnesota means local governments must demonstrate they are providing equal pay for equal "valued" work — through a lengthy report listing job classes, salary, and the number of males and females in each class.
In simple terms, creating a defined parameter for each position does nothing to move a woman into a higher salary. As in the case of Wabasha County, pay equity drove salary increases for higher-level positions of nearly $51,000 per year for the top four positions, three of which are occupied by men! Pay equity focuses more on the job description instead of gender, which does nothing to promote or protect women in the workplace.
Rep. Steve Drazkowski has added pay equity to his mandate-elimination bill at the request from both genders. Why? Because pay equity in Minnesota does not protect women as many have been led to believe. It only adds more bureaucracy and significant and unnecessary costs to our local governments.
Wabasha County commissioner