- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - 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 (https://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.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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