A former employee at the Twin Cities Norwegian consulate is asking the country to pay her legal fees after she won a $270,000 equal pay judgment. A federal judge ruled that the woman was paid $30,000 less than a male employee performing comparable work.
The woman’s attorney claimed she worked 6,521 hours on the case at rates ranging from $390 to $410 per hour.
In court documents, the woman alleges Norway attempted to make her lawsuit expensive by providing irrelevant documents, many of which were in Norwegian. The documents were not provided in electronic form and many were heavily redacted. Arranging the documents in a searchable database constituted much of the legal costs.