K.C. mayor settles his portion of lawsuit

Friday, December 5, 2008 | 2:33 p.m. CST

 KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has agreed to a settlement in his portion of a lawsuit filed by a former aide who claims the mayor and his wife created a hostile work environment.

Funkhouser announced Friday that he had agreed to settle with Ruth Bates. She had sued the mayor, his wife and the city, alleging racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

The Kansas City Star reported the settlement was for $30,000. It said Bates would also be given a new job with the city.

Bates had already settled with Funkhouser's wife, Gloria Squitiro, but her lawsuit against the city continues.

Funkhouser says he and his wife are a political team, but angry council members say Squitiro's divisive nature is creating problems at City Hall.

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