Thursday, November 19, 2015
$150,000+ age discrimination lawsuit filed against City of Joplin
In the lawsuit, which was filed November 10 in Jasper County Circuit Court, Dickie L. Gray, 55, a facilities maintenance supervisor who has worked for the city for 31 years says that former Parks and Recreation Director Chris Cotton discriminated against him.
Gray claims his hours and managerial responsibilities were reduced without explanation and that he was "subjected to harassing and unwelcome treatment by his management, in particular his ultimate supervisor Chris Cotten."
The disability discrimination allegations stem from Gray's contention that he was treated differently by management because of his problems with blood pressure, depression, stress, and anxiety, all of which require medication.
After informing management of his need for accommodations because of those problems, his hours and responsibilities were cut, he was denied sick leave pay, and management asked that he turn over copies of all of his medical records, all of which are termed as retaliation in the petition.
Gray is asking for at least $75,000 in actual damages and at least $75,000 in punitive damages.