Kansas City faces discrimination lawsuits

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)
(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has agreed to settle four discrimination lawsuits at a cost of more than $1 million.

The Kansas City municipal prosecutor’s office replaced part-time assistant prosecutors nearly three years ago with full-time positions. Eight of the part-time assistant city prosecutors who were replaced with full-time employees sued the city for age, race and/or gender discrimination.

Four cases were settled, and four others remain in court.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fyKxwd ) former city prosecutor Lowell Gard, who oversaw the 2011 prosecutors office reorganization, said at the time the municipal court was switching to a fully computerized, paperless system and moving from 16 part-timers to eight full-timers made sense.

City Manager Troy Schulte says the city is taking steps to minimize future discrimination complaints.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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