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New trial ordered in Va. Tech discrimination case

Friday - 7/1/2011, 6:47am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has overturned a jury award against Virginia Tech in a discrimination case and ordered a new trial.

In April, a federal jury sided with two female employees who claimed Virginia Tech paid them less than men who did the same work. The jury awarded Shana Maron $25,000 in back pay and $61,000 in damages. Greta Hanes was awarded $15,000 in back pay.

U.S. District Judge James Turk ruled Wednesday that evidence presented during the trial favored Virginia Tech. He also said the evidence didn't support Maron's claim that Virginia Tech retaliated against her.

Maron and Hanes helped raise private donations for the university.

The women's attorney, Nicholas Woodfield, tells The Roanoke Times that he plans to appeal Turk's ruling to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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