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Continued: Mondale plays key part in pay suit vs. Norway

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 13, 2014 - 9:00 PM

On remaining claims, he said “Her gender had nothing to do with the wage she was paid. It was based on the market for the individual possessing the type of skills that were involved.”

Sheila Engelmeier, Ewald’s attorney, counters that the market study Norway touts was not a study and was inaccurate. She said she regards Mondale’s letter as the “single most important document in the case.”

Mondale testified in the deposition that he thought Ewald and Davidson were doing a “great job,” but learned she was very upset after discovering she was making much less than Davidson. “I never said we would pay equal amounts,” Mondale said. “In both cases, we tried to — we wanted it to work. And we tried to get figures that we thought reflected the economic realities in the market for the job that was involved.”

Still, Mondale defended his language in the letter calling the differential unjust and embarrassing. “We were putting pressure on our superiors to try to correct something that was a real problem for us,” he stated. “And to do that, we used charged language … We weren’t getting anywhere, we put some dynamite in the letter.”

Mondale is recovering from triple heart bypass surgery and was unavailable for comment.

 

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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