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Oklahoma County, worker settle lawsuit

Oklahoma County has settled a lawsuit filed by a District 2 employee who claims he was unfairly demoted by District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: October 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012

Oklahoma County has settled with an employee who claims he was unfairly demoted by District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan because he complained of age discrimination and misuse of funds.

Records filed in U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, indicate the county and James Kalkbrenner, a yard operator and sign technician for District 2, have reached an agreement, but details of the agreement remain confidential.

Kalkbrenner's attorney, Joshua Stockton, declined to comment Thursday on the terms of the agreement other than to confirm the case has been resolved.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater did not respond to requests for information.

The Oklahoman has filed an open records request with the district attorney's office.

About the case

In his complaint, filed in February, Kalkbrenner, 52, claimed the county demoted him from crew chief to truck driver in March 2011 because of his age and because he spoke out against perceived age discrimination against other District 2 employees.

Kalkbrenner, a District 2 employee since 1982, claimed his pay was cut after he complained to his supervisor that Maughan, elected in 2008, was discriminating against the district's older employees.

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