ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A lawyer working in a special mortgage assistance program in District Court in Albuquerque claims in a new civil lawsuit that she was paid thousands of dollars less than her male counterpart in the 13th Judicial District and that she was retaliated against when she complained about it.
Erin O. Anderson is suing the 2nd Judicial District Court, its executive, the state and Attorney General Hector Balderas in a complaint alleging violations of the Fair Pay for Women Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Anderson, whose job ends Friday, started work in April 2014 under a program funded by a grant from the state Attorney General’s Office to help people facing foreclosure negotiate with banks and other financial institutions in an effort to keep their homes. Funds for the Mortgage Alternative Program came from a national settlement and was a joint pilot program with the 13th District – including Belen, Grants and Rio Rancho – headed by an assistant attorney general.
Anderson says in the lawsuit filed Nov. 9 that she was paid some $18,000 less than her male counterpart in the 13th District.