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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

 AG's office approves pay bump to Kane's sister

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 19, 2016 8:06 PM
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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her identical twin sister, Ellen Granahan, rear. (Photo by AP)

 

 

Ahead of her criminal trial next month, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in the news again for a settlement her office is paying out to her twin sister.

Ellen Granahan, the chief deputy attorney general in charge of the agency's child predator division, is getting a 19 percent pay bump as part of a compensation package.

She filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint last December, saying she was being paid significantly less than other attorneys with similar positions and experience.

First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Castor settled the complaint.

At the time of the settlement, Castor's title was Solicitor General; Kane appointed him as her first deputy on Tuesday. Castor is first in line for the attorney general seat if Kane steps down.

Agency spokesman Jeffrey Johnson says Castor found that Granahan was indeed being discriminated against.

"He reviewed the facts, and after taking a look at the situation it was his feeling that Ms. Granahan received less of a pay increase when compared with other people who have her title and who have comparable professional experience," Johnson said.

Johnson clarified that Granahan was not underpaid because of her gender, as the case initially suggested.

"Mr. Castor believed that it was more so her relationship with the attorney general being her sister that was the issue, as opposed to a gender discrimination case," he said.

Granahan's pre-raise salary was $89 thousand.

It'll now be a little more than $105 thousand.

The settlement also gives Granahan $24,764 in retroactive pay, $26,666 to cover attorney's fees, and $28,570 for emotional distress and other damages.

Kane is slated to appear in court August 8th to begin her trial. She's charged with perjury, false swearing, and obstruction related to a leak of confidential grand jury information.

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