Court denies new trial in KCFD discrimination suit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Court of Appeals has denied a new trial for a former Kansas City firefighter who sued the Fire Department for sexual discrimination.

Retired Battalion Chief Kathleen Kline won a $50,000 civil judgment in federal court against the department in 2001. The Kansas City Star reports the suit decided Tuesday covered the time from then until she retired in 2006.

Kline argued that she was the victim of discrimination and retaliation, but a Jackson County jury ruled in favor of the Fire Department in 2009. She argued in her appeal that the judge erred in several ways in not granting her a new trial, but Tuesday's decision rejected those claims.

A different former female firefighter sued the department and won a $285,000 judgment in federal court in 2002.

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