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State commission: Vt. discriminated on pay

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A top Vermont official is defending the state against a complaint that it discriminated by paying a man more than a woman doing the same job.

Human Resources Commissioner Kate Duffy says she and her boss, Gov. Peter Shumlin, are strong supporters of equal pay for equal work.

Duffy says the fact that Corrections Department employee Lynne Silloway was being paid about $10,000 less a year than a man doing the same work was due to the mechanics of the step system in the state's civil service system, and because he had transferred from another job in state government.

The Vermont Human Rights Commission announced Thursday it was joining Silloway's suit against the state.

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