A Worthy but Knotty Question: Equal Pay for Comparable Work?

Should a secretary (female) earn as much as a trucker (male)?

The State of Washington pays Helen Castrilli, a secretary at its largest mental hospital, $1,300 a month. But studies conducted by a consulting firm hired by the state calculated that her work is "worth" the same as the work of those in different jobs making $350 a month more. When Castrilli and eight other workers sued, claiming sex discrimination, a federal-court judge in Tacoma decided in their favor. That ruling is now being appealed by state officials, with the Reagan Administration considering joining...

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