Former commission director in Mason City will receive $240,000 as part of settlement


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MASON CITY, Iowa — An ex-commission director in Mason City who filed a lawsuit against city officials will receive $240,000 as part of a settlement.

The settlement avoids a trial in the lawsuit filed by Lionel Foster, the former Mason City Human Rights Commission director.

The 76-year-old Foster was director from 1978 to 2013. His job was eliminated after the City Council cut the commission's budget from $143,000 to $15,000. Officials argued the new budget was more in line with that of commissions in other cities about the size of Mason City.

Foster, who is black, claimed age and race discrimination in his lawsuit. Other counts in the lawsuit were later dismissed.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports ( ) the settlement does not constitute an admission of liability for the defendants.

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