The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for alleged pay discrimination at the now-defunct Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA).
According to the lawsuit, three female program specialists in the TDRA’s Disaster Recovery Division were paid significantly less than their male counterparts for performing substantially the same work.
One of the women filed an EEOC complaint, which prompted the TDRA to review its pay practices. Officials concluded that women’s salaries “fell significantly short of expected values.” They gave the women pay raises, although their salaries remained $18,000 to $20,000 lower than their male counterparts.
When the TDRA’s Disaster Recovery Division was abolished in 2011, the TDA and GLO terminated the three women and kept two male program specialists. That’s the basis of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit. The suit seeks damages for the three women and policy changes to prevent future gender discrimination.