Norway’s equal pay problem

Meet Ellen Ewald, the woman behind the recent lawsuit Kari Heistad Edina, Minn. Norway discriminating against women? It must be a mistake. That was the first thought that came to mind when Ellen Ewald, a Minnesota woman, first discovered that she was being paid $30,000 less than her male counterpart at the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis. Ewald recently won a pay discrimination case against the Royal Norwegian Embassy. It seemed impossible to Ewald that Norway—a country with a reputation as a leader in the area of human rights—would violate a policy as widely supported as Equal Pay for Equal Work. But as she found out during a nasty four-year legal battle, it is one thing to talk the talk and quite another t
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The Norwegian American

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