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Justice Department Files Complaint Against Two Texas Agencies

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas and alleges the TDA and GLO discriminated against three women in Program Specialist VII positions by paying them less than their male colleagues for the same work.

The TDA and GLO assumed the responsibilities of the now defunct Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) which the three women worked for at the time of the pay discrimination.

The complaint also alleges the TDRA analyzed the salaries of all men and women in Program Specialist VII and found the salaries of women did not match that of the men.

After the TDRA raised the women’s salaries there still was a pay disparity between men and women employed by the TDRA.

The suit also claims that women were subject to retaliation by being terminated from their jobs and the firings were an outgrowth of their claims of sex discrimination in salary.

The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the TDA and GLO to ensure that policies are in place to prevent their employees from being subjected to discrimination and retaliation, as well as monetary damages for the total time the women’s salaries were undervalued, both after the raise and throughout the entire time of the women’s employment in the Program Specialist VII position.

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