During the City Commission meeting on Wednesday the City Commissioners approved the settlements of two cases involving the city. The cost of the settlements for both cases totaled $422,480.
In the first case, the city was sued by Mark Anthony Murray. Mr. Murray filed a lawsuit against the city in 2015 after his renamed position as the “Coordinator of Environmental Regulation and Security Compliance,” was eliminated. He was then given a position in the Community Relations department. The lawsuit filed in 2015 was settled in 2017 and around that same time the Community Relations department was dissolved and Mr. Murray found a new position in the Communications department. Not long after his switch to communications, it was determined that his position was not needed and Mr. Murray was released from his employment.
In 2018, citing whistle-blower retaliation, age discrimination, and retaliation related to his layoff, Mr. Murray filed a second lawsuit against the city. He was seeking back pay, front pay, emotional distress damages, and attorney’s fees and costs. The city agreed to settle after evaluating and finding that the potential exposure was far greater than the settlement amount of $125,000 if the case went to trial and a jury found in favor of Mr. Murray.
In the second case against the city, Katie and Roy Young individually and as husband and wife, filed suit against the City of Tallahassee. The lawsuit was filed after Ms. Young was rear-ended by a city vehicle and required a great deal of medical care following the accident.
Ms. Young required extensive chiropractic care, had a cervical discectomy and fusion at the C5-6, C6-7, multiple orthopedic injections into her low-back, pelvic and hip area, and repair of a tear of the labrum in her left hip. Ms. Young will also need surgery to repair the labrum tear in her right hip.
The couple was seeking damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages recoverable under Florida law. The total of the city approved settlement was $297,480.