Under Swedish Law, employers must pay the same amount for men and women who do the same work. Companies must also submit a list of employees wages to the Ombusman for inspection.
A spokesman for the Ombudsman, Magnus Jacobson said that in examining the salaries of Ericsson employees, they discovered that in 54 percent of the group’s division’s women had lower salaries than their male counterparts.
Jacobson said the average wage disparity between men and women was around 1,000 kronor a month, , that’s around 165 US dollars, and that in 90 percent of cases, women were the ones who were discriminated against.
Ericsson, were forced to raise the salaries of 115 of its female employees.