In the wake of the Chiefs’ recent courtroom setback in which their arbitration agreement with employees was held unenforceable (see post Kansas City Chiefs Start the Season 0-2), the Chiefs recently went to trial in an age discrimination case filed by a 61-year old maintenance manager with 12 years of service. The employee claimed he was fired because of his age; the Chiefs asserted he was fired for insubordination and poor performance. Plaintiff sought $400,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages. The Chiefs made a $75,000 offer of judgment before trial. The jury returned a defense verdict.
Cox v. The Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc., case no. 1116CV14143 (Jackson Co. Circuit Court)