On Wednesday evening, Ewald said she always believed she would win her case.
"I am happy," she said.
"I hope this can help other women who still experience discrimination in the workplace."
Since leaving the consulate, Ewald, who lives in Minneapolis, has been a partner in Tysvar, a firm that helps Norwegian companies get established in the Midwest.
Ewald, a Twin Cities native who spent many years in Norway, took the educational post, while Anders Davidson, planning and business development manager for 3M Company's international operation, took the business post.
In the lawsuit, Ewald said she thought the money for the two positions would be split evenly between the two.
Ellen Ewald is a partner at Tysvar LLC with broad background in international business and education.She was the initiator and director of the 2011 Brain Science: The Next Frontier Conference, held in Minneapolis, MN with the goal to promote Norwegian and US brain research collaborations.
Ms. Ewald is a mental health advocate and a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.Ms Ewald was the Director of Higher Education and Research at the Honorary Norwegian Consulate General in Minneapolis from 2008 until 2011.Before moving to Minneapolis she was the Chairperson and Marketing/Human Resources Director for UnoPhone, in Norway and UnoPhone, in Uganda.She was Manager of Business Network Development at TM Holding AS/Venturos AS, a VC/private equity firm working with technology start-ups in Norway and Uganda.She has worked closely with Norwegian and US institutions, universities and organizations in the science and technology sectors.
Before joining TM Holding ASshe was the Manager of International Projects at IT Fornebu in Oslo,(a Norwegian private/government initiative to develop a national technology park at the old airport).She has project management experience from Oracle Norge AS, Telenor Saturn project, Norwegian Investor Forum and IT Fornebu Knowation (e-learning).
She was lecturer for the University of Maryland in Economics, Political Science and International Relations.Ms Ewald holds a Bachelor of Arts, (BA), summa cum laude degree from the University of Minnesota, USA, a Master's Degree (Hovedfag) from the University of Bergen, Norway and a Master of Science (S.M.) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, MA USA.Ms. Ewald served as President of the MIT Club of Norway, from January 1995 until October 2008.She received the Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Service Award, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (M.I.T.).
She has been an M.I.T. Educational Counselor (EC) in Norway.She served as an elected representative for the M.I.T.National Selection Committee 2005 -2008 term.She has helped to establish the University of Minnesota Alumni Chapter in Oslo and served as president.
In 2004 she was awarded as one of Norway's Top 10 Most Successful International Women (Top 10 internasjonale kvinner i Norge, 2004).
In Minneapolis she has served on the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Executive Committee, the Norway House Peace Initiative and on the Board of Directors of the Ella and Kaare Nygaard Foundation at St Olaf College.She is fluent in English and Norwegian languages as well as speaks and understands German.
Ordinarily, the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum, being held this weekend at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, would mark a happy occasion for Ellen Ewald, an adviser to the event who has served on its executive committee.
But this year, it underscores a bitter employment dispute that Ewald has going with Norway, home of the Nobel Peace Prize and a nation she said is known for promoting equal treatment of women and other human rights.
Ewald filed suit in Hennepin County District Court against the Royal Norwegian Embassy and its honorary consul general in Minneapolis last summer after they refused to address her complaints that she was paid substantially less money and provided fewer benefits than a male counterpart.
The defendants quickly moved it to federal court in St. Paul.
Ewald, a Twin Cities native and U graduate, had lived in Norway for more than 20 years before returning to Minneapolis in October 2008 to take a job with her adopted nation's consulate as director of higher education and research.She's fluent in Norwegian and has master's degrees from the University of Bergen in Norway and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ewald's job was to help promote scientific brain research in the Midwest using Norway's rich "biobank," a kind of warehouse of biological data gathered through that nation's health-care system.
"This is really a gold mine for research," Ewald said in an interview this week.
"It was my dream job."
According to her lawsuit, the Norwegian Embassy posted two "parallel" jobs in July 2008 that would work in concert.
One was the position Ewald accepted.
The other was innovation and business development officer.
Ewald said each job had similar requirements and both offered salaries capped at $70,000.
Ewald said that Gary Gandrud,, the honorary consul general and a partner in the Faegre and Benson law firm at the time, took her to lunch and to discuss her complaints.
In her lawsuit, Ewald says that Gandrud urged her to notify Norway's ambassador that the situation was resolved, or someone "would likely have to go."
Ewald said she insisted that she still deserves equal pay for equal work.
"Then he got angry," she said.
Ewald now works for Tysvar, a privately held consulting firm focused on emerging business opportunities in the green economy and health care.She also serves on the Peace Initiative Committee for Norway House, and was recently elected to its board.
And she's involved with the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, which was started by former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.
"I'm determined to bring this out in the open because Norway is this country that has so much to be proud of, they need to stand up for these values," Ewald said.
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