$90K Settlement in Wyoming Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

January 23, 2020

A town in Wyoming has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by a former town employee who accused his supervisor of allegedly calling him racial slurs before firing him.

The town of Evansville will pay $90,000 to former employee Roy Mestas, Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Mestas’ attorney Megan Hayes filed a request with a federal judge to dismiss the case on the basis of the settlement the same day the lawsuit was mentioned in a town news release.

The settlement does not require the town to acknowledge wrongdoing, officials said.

The alleged discrimination dates to 2013 and the town has since changed its policies to allow workers to make complaints directly to her or the town attorney and appeal firings directly to the town council, Evansville Mayor Jennifer Sorenson said.

None of the people involved still work for the town, Sorenson said.

The supervisor Dale Brown could not be reached by phone Monday and a person answering a phone number associated with his address last year declined to comment in connection with the case. That number has since been disconnected.

Mestas was happy to resolve the case before its scheduled February trial date, he said in a statement.

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