Kansas City examines settlement with worker known as Dr. H2O
Kansas City legal advisers are recommending a settlement with a longtime water employee known as Dr. H2O for his educational videos and visits to schools to teach children about water quality.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2o5kQ2t ) reports that the city council will consider next week the Law Department’s recommendation that Wilbur Dunnell be paid $557,567. Dunnell, who is black, alleged in the lawsuit that he was discriminated against based on his race. He’s a chemist and longtime supervisor with the Water Services lab division.
The settlement would avoid a trial, resolve any potential liability and attorneys’ fees, and Dunnell would retire.
In March, the city settled a different water employee’s claim of a sexually hostile workplace for $500,000. A third water services chemist has a lawsuit pending in Jackson County.