Pay bias lawsuit by former state lawyer dismissed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which a former lawyer for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office alleged she was a victim of pay discrimination based on her gender.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera on March 28 ruled that Lesley Lowe hadn’t proved that her work for the office was sufficiently similar to that of higher-paid male attorneys.

Lowe worked for the office from 1987 to 2010 as an assistant attorney general. Her 2010 suit was dismissed when Herrera granted a pretrial motion by the office.

The office has settled out of court with two other plaintiffs who also are either current or former assistant attorneys general.

Attorney General Gary King had denied pay inequity in the office.

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