Kansas City women allege age, race discrimation

Two top budget analysts recently dismissed from Kansas City's government have sued City Manager Wayne Cauthen and the city, claiming reverse discrimination and retaliation.

Jordan Griffin and Colleen Low, both white, veteran employees, allege they were victims of race and age discrimination and retaliation when they were let go this month, even as younger, less-qualified minority candidates were retained.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Platte County Circuit Court, alleges Griffin was unfairly scapegoated in an investigation into Internal Revenue Service computer tapes missing from City Hall. And it raises questions about the promotion of minorities by Cauthen, whose evaluation at the time was based in part on his commitment to workplace diversity.

"Under Wayne Cauthen, the city has adopted a 'whites need not apply' policy," said attorney Mark Jess, who represents Griffin and Low. "We want people to know it's illegal and wrong."

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