Jackson County to pay $5.3 million for age discrimination
December 7, 2022
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County will pay $5.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former sheriff's deputy who said he was fired because of his age and health conditions.
The county legislature voted Monday to pay the money to Doug Caster, who was fired in December 2015 when he was 59 years old. He said he and other senior deputies were harassed and forced out of their jobs by former Sheriff Mike Sharp and undersheriff Hugh Mills.
A jury had awarded Caster $7 million after a trial last spring. The county appealed but agreed to settle for a lesser amount before the appeal was hear...