Fired black Kansas City worker sues, alleging discrimination

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (The Kansas City Star) — A black woman alleges in a lawsuit that Kansas City fired her for complaining about racial discrimination and “other unfair, unethical and illegal practices” at City Hall.

The Kansas City Star reports that Denise Dillard also claims in the suit filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court that the city gave preferential treatment to predominately white community organizations seeking grants.

She was fired 10 months ago from her post in the Office of Culture and Creative Services, which faces elimination in Mayor Quinton Lucas’ proposed budget. Kansas City spokesman Chris Hernandez said in an email that the city doesn’t typically comment on ongoing litigation.

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