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File #: 2325-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/2/2021 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 9/20/2021 Final action: 9/23/2021
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to settle the case of Kevin Morgan v. City of Columbus, et al. pending before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; and to authorize the expenditure of $400,000.00 from the general fund in payment of the settlement.
Attachments: 1. Morgan settlement legislation 2021_DAX.pdf
Explanation

This ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit known as Kevin Morgan v. City of Columbus, et al. pending before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 2:17-CV-829, in the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00). Mr. Morgan was a police officer with the Department of Public Safety, Division of Police. Mr. Morgan filed a complaint alleging race discrimination with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Fiscal Impact:
Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available on BRDI002433 and within the Division of Police’s general fund budget to pay the amount of this claim.


Title

To authorize the City Attorney to settle the case of Kevin Morgan v. City of Columbus, et al. pending before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; and to authorize the expenditure of $400,000.00 from the general fund in payment of the settlement.


Body

WHEREAS, Mr. Morgan filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division alleging that the City intentionally discriminated against him because of his race by terminating him for falsely reporting time worked in special duty while not terminating white officers for similar offenses; and

WHEREAS, following the evaluation of claims and the risk of continued litigation of the claims against the City of Columbus, a settlement in the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00) to be paid by the City, was deemed acceptable by the City of Columbus, Department of Public Safety, along with dismissal of the case with prejudice and a release of the City of Columbus and its employees and Kimberly Jacobs from any further liability; and

WHEREAS, sufficient funds are available on BRDI002433 and within the Division of Police’s general fund budget to pay the amoun...

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