Kansas City bus agency refuses to disclose settlement amount

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has refused to disclose how much it paid to settle a whistleblower lawsuit, citing a new policy that exempts it from open records laws in Kansas and Missouri.

The Kansas City Star says the transit agency has denied its request for payment information about the 2016 lawsuit. According to the policy adopted in January, the agency may withhold records and close meetings at its discretion.

An internal investigation found that Kansas City’s RideKC bus system employees were stealing parts, tools and supplies. The authority’s former human resources director, Jimmy Fight, raised the issue to the system’s CEO, Robbie Makinen. Fight filed a lawsuit in 2016 that alleged that he was fired for raising the issue. The case was settled in three months.