Council review finds massive disparities in NYC employee pay: studyOctober 29, 2020
Mayor de Blasio likes to claim that he’s building the fairest big city in America — but tell that to his workforce!
Seven years into his mayoralty, a new analysis of municipal workforce wage data has found that Hispanic city workers make $8,700 a year less than their white counterparts, while black city employees face a $7,600 pay disparity.
And men make $4,500 a year more on average than women.
The Council said its analysis factored in job category, agency, race and ethnicity to ensure accurate comparisons in its review of the compensation paid to 180,000 full-time city employees as of December 2018.
However, the initial analysis did not factor in other important considerations like education and length of service because City Hall has yet to turn over the information.
Council staffers told The Post they expect to receive the complete dataset by early 2021.
“For too long, the many contributions of women and people of color have been short-changed,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “It’s incumbent on all of us to make sure we are working to right those wrongs, and address the biases and discriminatory practices that contribute to pay and opportunity gaps.”
City Hall is required to hand over the data under a 2019 law passed by the Council. It follows a long fight over pay inequities at city agencies that included a 2013 lawsuit filed by a labor union against the Bloomberg administration.
This is not the first time that Hizzoner hiring and pay practices have come under scrutiny.
The Post revealed last year that men hold four of the five best-paying jobs in city government, even though de Blasio has repeatedly promised to “break the cycle” of disparity.
“I’ve directed the Task Force on Racial Inclusion and @GenderEquityNYC to examine the issue and deliver recommendations by early next year,” City Hall tweeted from Mayor de Blasio’s account.
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