By Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The aide to a former Kansas City councilman will receive a $225,000 settlement of her complaint that the councilman created a hostile work environment.

The city council approved the settlement Thursday for Tonia Titus, who worked for ex-councilman Michael Brooks. The city’s law department recommended the settlement because a jury might believe her allegations, subjecting the city to higher damages.

Titus also accused Brooks last year of assaulting her in his office but a Platte County prosecutor decided not to press charges. Brooks denied the allegations but did not seek re-election. Titus has a different job in city government.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) Titus’ attorney, Athena Dickson, said her client feels the settlement validates her concerns.

Brooks’ attorney, John Picerno, said Brooks wanted to fight the claim.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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