What amazes me is just how fast County Executive Rich Fitzgerald acted in adjusting Allegheny County’s benefits policy to include same-sex couples (“County Adjusts Spousal Benefits Policy to Include Same-Sex Married Couples,” June 25).
Female employees of Allegheny County have been waiting for many, many years to receive pay equal to that of their male counterparts, and they continue to wait. When Dan Onorato took over as county executive, he touted himself to be a champion of the county’s female employees, recognizing the long-standing inequality in the pay of female workers versus their male counterparts.
One of his first promises was to put an end to this long-time inequality. In his eight years as executive he did nothing to right this wrong, and now Mr. Fitzgerald is pushing quickly to protect same-sex couples but also turning his back on the females who work for him. I just wish that he put as much effort into seeing that his female employees receive as much attention.
The writer is a retired deputy warden of the Allegheny County Jail.