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Judge grants Senate new trial on discrimination claim

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 16:13:26-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a new trial in the case of a former Arizona Senate policy adviser who complained of discrimination based on race and sex after allegedly being paid less than her colleagues.

U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes acknowledged that a jury concluded the Senate had retaliated against Talonya Adams after she was fired in 2015.

But Rayes granted a new trial after Senate lawyers argued Adams never complained about discrimination. Adams is an African American woman. A hearing is scheduled for April to decide how to proceed.