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Pay Equity Suit Settled in Canada

The Canadian government settled a pay equity suit in late October awarding $2.3 billion to 230,000 past and present federal workers, predominantly women. The decision conforms to Canada’s 1972 Human Rights Act that guarantees “equal pay for work of equal value.”

Using the criteria of education, responsibility, mental demands and working conditions, government workers and managers compared “male” and “female” jobs and found that “female” jobs paid less.

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New York Times and Human Resources Development - November 18, 1999