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Oregon's Pay Equity Law Falls Short

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon's law to bring pay equity in state jobs has fallen short. The Oregon Secretary of State's office released a report that examined pay in the Department of Administrative Services. It shows women earn 83 cents on the dollar compared to male counterparts, and that hasn't changed since 2015. Pay rates for people of color got worse. They earned 88 cents on the dollar, which was a decline of three cents. White employees received the largest pay adjustments in 2019 and 2022 while people of color received the smallest. The pay Equity Bill allows for some circumstances where wage gaps may be reasonable, such as differences in education, experience, or seniority.

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