City Controller Calls Out City Gender Equity & Highlights Services

Women inequity

Controller Ron Galperin was our guest speaker at our August 4, 2020 meeting. He shared the scope of his work with us and offered the below list of resources where you can find information or help. For instance did you know there are six public art displays in our area? Check out the public art map.

In his recent newsletter Galperin points out that women earn 76% of what men earn as city employees, only 9% of overtime and are 28% of the workforce.

Despite attempts to change the status quo over the past five years, women working at the City of Los Angeles remain both underrepresented and underpaid compared to their male co-workers. In his report “Closing the Gap: Women’s Pay and Representation at the City of L.A.,” L.A. Controller Ron Galperin found that the City has fallen short of its goals to recruit and hire more women, and to promote women into well-paying jobs.

 According to a 2018 Census Bureau study, women earn less than 82 cents for every dollar earned by men in the United States. While the gap is slightly narrower in California, the City of Los Angeles — one of the region’s largest employers — has not kept pace with the state or the nation. Controller Galperin’s report makes several recommendations for City leaders to develop a more diverse and representative workforce, which will also help close the existing pay gap between women and men.

 “The City employs almost 50,000 public servants, but the striking gender gap in our workforce does not reflect the communities we serve or the values we promote,” said Controller Galperin. “Not enough women work at the City and those that do aren’t getting the promotional opportunities they should. The City needs to overhaul the way women are recruited, hired, promoted and paid. Only by acting more aggressively to address the vast disparities that exist today will Los Angeles start to close its pay and representation gap, and provide women with better opportunities to succeed in the future.”