New claims of racial discrimination at P&L bar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the largest entertainment districts in the metro is once again being slapped with allegations of racial discrimination.

This time, Glen Cusimano, a former general manager of Mosaic nightclub is suing the Cordish Company, the developer of the Power & Light District.

"Mr. Cusimano saw black patrons who were trying to enter Mosaic targeted much more than white patrons," Cusimano's attorney Linda Dickens said.

She said her client saw more African Americans being turned away and harassed than white club goers.

According to court documents, Cusimano, who was an employee from 2009 to 2013, said he was ordered to hire a "rabbit" or a white male to intentionally start arguments with African Americans to get them kicked out.

"He was told, 'If you can't do this, we'll find somebody who can,'" Dickens said.

Cusimano alleges he was eventually let go because of his race

"Cusimano believes that in his efforts to lighten up, his dark face, his dark, welcoming face needed to be removed," Dickens said.

An attorney for Cordish provided us with a statement which claims "Cusimano’s accusations are complete fabrications."

The company said he was let go after he punched a club goer who was handcuffed and arrested by Kansas City police.

"There was an altercation that occurred right before Mr. Cusimano was fired. We believed it was a set up, but we'll have to see what the evidence has said on that," Dickens said.

Cusimano plead guilty to wire fraud in 2006.

He is currently seeking $10 million in damages in his lawsuit against the owners of Power & Light. 

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