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Mondale testifies in wage discrepancy lawsuit

Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Former Vice President Walter Mondale has defended his decision to pay a woman less than a man at the Norwegian Consulate in Minnesota, saying the wage difference was not due to gender.

Mondale was the honorary consul general from 2008 to 2010. He testified Thursday in federal court in St. Paul where Ellen Ewald is suing Norway for earning $30,000 less than a man at the consulate.

The former U.S. senator, vice president and ambassador to Japan developed a reputation as an advocate of gender equality, picking Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in his 1984 presidential bid. Mondale testified Ewald's wage discrepancy was because the jobs were not comparable. Yet, Mondale had co-written a letter to the Norwegian ambassador to try to get Ewald a raise.

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