City of Chicago Announces Pay Equity Audit for City Workers

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The City of Chicago with Department of Human Resources (DHR) Commissioner Christopher Owen, Director of the Office of Budget Management (OBM) Susie Park, and Department of Assets and Information (AIS) Commissioner Sandra Blakemore, signed an Executive Order requiring DHR, OBM, and AIS to conduct a bi-annual comprehensive pay equity audit of the City of Chicago workforce, focused on identifying both racial and gender pay discrepancies. This action aims to bring to light the stubborn pay inequities that persist in our labor market — both in Chicago and nationwide — and demonstrate the City’s commitment to closing these gaps. It was also announced that the City of Chicago is launching a first-of-its-kind training for citywide municipal City staff on addressing gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace. This mandatory training will be conducted in partnership with Futures Without Violence’s (FUTURES’) Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center. Launching in March with a day and a half training for all Commissioners, this effort will make Chicago one of the largest public sector workforces in the country to be trained through this comprehensive curriculum.

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