Herring paid female lawyer far less

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring is running the standard progressive playbook against his Republican opponent. He even brought in Senator Kamala Harris, a strong advocate for closing the gender pay gap, to make the point.

Well, Sunday must have been awkward for Sen. Harris when she found out Herring settled an equal pay discrimination lawsuit earlier this year. That's right, for years Mark Herring paid a female lawyer less than her male counterparts. Then she sued him.

The Washington Examiner writes, in part: 

Harris' show of support for Herring came after Republicans last week raised questions about a lawsuit he settled with a former assistant attorney general. In the lawsuit, Ann Marie Reardon accused Herring of violating the Equal Pay Act by compensating her less than men in similar positions for years. After raising the matter with her superiors, Reardon was fired from the attorney general's office.

Despite these allegations, Harris still showed up to support Herring on Sunday, where the RAGA sponsored a Snapchat geofilter that read: "Female staffer sues Herring over ≠ pay." That's not a good look for any politician, let alone a Democrat focused on fighting the so-called gender pay gap.

And the settlement between Reardon and Herring cost the Virginia taxpayer how much? 

Herring eventually settled with his former employee for an estimated $200,000. Though the matter has received little media attention, Reardon's suit was cited as an ostensible example of pay inequality in a Washington Post column back in February.

The Adams campaign released an ad -- "Nervous" -- to shine a spotlight on Herring's troubling record on equal pay. 

ICYMI: Penny Young Nance in The Roanoke Times: Mark Herring's unequal pay.

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