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Posted: July 9, 2013 10:53 a.m.

Georgia court rules 23 law clerks due $4.3 million

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that 23 State and Superior court law clerks are due a total of at least $4.3 million.

The court on Monday affirmed an arbitration award stemming from a complaint filed by the clerks. The clerks complained that Fulton County discriminated against them by paying them about $20,000 less a year than people who worked under the county attorney as assistant county attorneys, even though the jobs were rated as comparable.

The court also sent the case back to Superior Court so the clerks could collect back pay from the date of arbitration. That amounts to about $500,000.

The lead counsel for the clerks, Lee Parks, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  that the ruling vindicates the clerks' position.

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