The city of Springfield appears poised to settle a discrimination lawsuit that dates back five years.
Reached by phone, Mayor Mike Houston said he couldn’t comment on the proposed deal — which looks to give former employee Robert Horton a total of $120,000. He’ll get a lump sum around $85,000 once lawyers are paid. Houston can’t comment because of pending litigation — the lawsuit is still set for trial.
Horton claimed he was fired because he’s black. The city says he was fired because of insubordination. The city council will discuss the proposal next week. It would release the city from any future liability or lawsuits.