AUSTIN (AP) – 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 were 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 at the Texas Department of Rural Affairs 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.

A land office spokesman says they do not comment on pending litigation. A message left with the agriculture department was not immediately returned.

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