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Judge refuses to consolidate Tech discrimination cases

Friday’s decision by Roanoke U.S. District Judge James Turk means no delay for the April 11 scheduled trial on claims Virginia Tech paid lower salaries to women at the school’s fund raising office.

Virginia Tech had asked Turk to combine that case, involving three former employees, with a separate lawsuit involving claims of sexual harassment against one of the women.

Turk denied consolidation primarily to avoid delay of the pay discrimination case.

Tech fund raising official Bob Bailey is a key figure in both lawsuits. He allegedly justified lower pay for women because of the risk of lost time from pregnancy. He also is accused of inappropriate behavior with a female subordinate on a business trip.

By Peter Vieth

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