Without debate, Springfield aldermen have approved an $85,000 settlement with a former city employee who claimed he was the victim of discrimination on the job.
Robert Horton was fired from his public works job in 2008. City officials say he was insubordinate, but Horton filed a civil rights complaint, alleging that white workers were not disciplined for the same behavior.
The city claims no wrongdoing, but says it’s better to settle than to keep fighting the claim. Horton will get $60,000… while his attorneys collect $25,000.