Kansas City to pay Black electrician $1 million in discrimination lawsuit settlement

Kansas City to pay Black electrician  million in discrimination lawsuit settlement

BY CORTLYNN STARK

Kansas City will pay $1 million to a former city water department electrician who sued claiming racial discrimination. It was the largest of four lawsuit settlements the Kansas City Council approved on Thursday in a 12-0 vote.

Thursday’s $1 million settlement goes to Ronald Williams, who filed his lawsuit in 2018 in Jackson County Circuit Court. Williams, a maintenance electrician, alleges he was punished for contradicting a white electrician and was not allowed to take a class that could have earned him a promotion. The lawsuit says the city violated the Missouri Human Rights Act while Williams worked for the Water Services Department from 2011 to February 2017.

In April, a former Kansas City water department employee accepted a $500,000 offer to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article262574242.html

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