Federal Lawsuit Alleges Sex Discrimination at Texas Agencies

Lawsuit says women were paid less than men doing the same work

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    The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that two Texas agencies are liable for three employees at the now defunct Texas Department of Rural Affairs being discriminated against because they are women.

    The Justice Department says the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas General Land Office assumed responsibility for the now defunct agency.

    The lawsuit filed in Texas Wednesday says the three women were paid significantly less than their male colleagues for performing substantially the same work. It says the women were retaliated against by losing their jobs as a result of their claims.

    The complaint seeks monetary damages.

    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says the Texas attorney general has been working with federal lawyers to resolve the matter on behalf of the former Texas Department of Rural Affairs.