Women are significantly under-represented in Palm Beach County’s workforce while minorities are slightly over-represented, according to an affirmative action report commissioners received Tuesday.
Commissioner Mack Bernard, the only minority on the commission, expressed concerns about the low number of black employees in protective services, which includes firefighters, flight medics, fire safety inspectors and driver engineers.
Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, one of three women on the seven-person commission, recalled struggling with low pay as an entry-level employee in the county. She said other women could be having the same difficulty, leading some to leave the county workforce.
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