U.S. Sen. Udall fails on pay equity

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Posted: Jul 21, 2014 4:33 PM
U.S. Sen. Udall fails on pay equity

By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com

Despite heavy reliance on the “War on Women” theme during his tough re-election campaign, including pay equity, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., pays his full-time women staffers considerably less than the men who work for him, an analysis by Watchdog Wire shows.

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OOPS: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., pays his women staffers less than the men he hires.

This stands in stark contrast to his campaign challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican.

Data from the site Legistorm, show that, on average, Udall pays his women staffers 86-cents for every dollar earned by the men. The analysis covered fiscal year 2013 — October 2012 through September 2013 —  and included only full-time staffers who had been on staff the entire fiscal year. The 17 women earned an average of  a little more than $58,000, while the 14 men earned $67,300.

House staffs are much smaller.

Gardner employed only six women and four men for the fiscal year. However, Gardner’s office paid the women an average of $55,000, with the men earning a little more than $46,000.

The difference is almost completely accounted for by the senior staff positions. Udall hired men to serve in the higher-paid chief of staff and deputy chief of staff positions, while Gardner’s chief of staff was a woman.

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