Judge throws out KCP&L discrimination lawsuit

A Jackson County judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged a pattern of discrimination at the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Glen Cusimano accused the Cordish Cos., the developer of the district, and related entities of hiring whites to pick fights with blacks as a pretext to expel African-Americans from bars in the downtown entertainment area. Cusimano said he was a victim of that tactic when he was fired in September 2013 as manager of the Mosaic lounge.

Lawyers for Cordish countered that Cusimano was fired for hitting a patron who was handcuffed.

In her ruling, Jackson County Circuit Judge Joel P. Fahnestock found that Cusimano, who is black, failed to prove that he was a victim of discrimination, as well as his other claims.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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