EPIC Discrimination Verdict Likely Worsens Kansas City Water Bills

We hope this KCMO Water Department story will help local garner a great understanding of the challenges confronting 12th & Oak amid a cultural shift.

Sadly, news of the longstanding legal mandate for greater diversity, inclusion and equity won't help the vast majority of locals (FROM EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC) who are drowning amid higher bills for basic services.

Here's the word . . .

Sued the city in July 2018 alleging discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment and retaliation during his time with the city water department.

It includes allegations that he was denied the chance to take a training course offered to white coworkers, which could have led to a promotion, and was told by a supervisor that Black electricians were “incompetent.”

The jury awarded PLAINTIFF $286,000 in compensatory damages and $504,000 in punitive damages plus interest accrued since the Final Judgment and Order was entered May 22, 2020.

Judge Sandra Midkiff also awarded nearly $480,000 in attorney’s fees, subject to a 1.5-times multiplier . .

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Kansas City, Missouri, set to pay $1.4 million judgment in racial discrimination case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council will be asked Thursday to approve a $1.4 million settlement with a former city employee. A jury awarded PLAINTIFF, who worked as a maintenance electrician in the Water Supply Division for the KCMO Water Services Department from June 2011 to January 2017, the award after a trial that ended in February 2020.