Minnesota women who are interested in applying for federal government jobs may discover that they face an uphill battle when it comes to receiving equal pay and promotion. According to a report recently released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women face subtle forms of workplace discrimination due to inflexibility for mothers and a failure of high-level employees to provide mentoring opportunities at the same rate that they do men.
Researchers found that as of 2011, women made up 44 percent of the federal workforce, but only 30 percent of Senior Executive Service positions were held by women. Additionally, women only occupied 38 percent of the positions that qualify for GS-14 or GS-15 pay grades, the two highest federal compensation levels. In fact, women reportedly only make 89 cents for every dollar a man makes in the federal government.