Just over two months after the two parties in an employment discrimination case against Story County and Story County Treasurer Renee Twedt reached a settlement, the case has been officially dismissed.
In May, the plaintiff, Connie Kinyon, 59, filed a notice of settlement in Story County District Court, stating that the parties are finalizing the settlement documents. The case was partially dismissed last month without prejudice against Twedt, and was dismissed with prejudice against the county Monday.
Filed in late February, the initial complaint alleged Twedt discriminated against Kinyon, a former employee in the treasurer’s office, because of Kinyon’s age. The complaint said Kinyon’s age was a “motivating factor” for Twedt, who opted not to promote Kinyon and later let her go from county employment.
The complaint states that in April of 2017, Twedt told a group of employees, including Kinyon, that she was picking a different employee for the job of operations deputy because “she could provide more longevity to the position.”
In the response to Kinyon’s complaint, Twedt and the county’s legal team denied that any discrimination took place, including the alleged “longevity” comment.
Kinyon’s complaint portrayed her as an employee who was poised to take over the operations deputy job after the person who had that job, Dorothy Lewis, died from cancer. Then a motor vehicle supervisor, Kinyon trained with Lewis and took over those duties when Lewis was out of the office, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, Kinyon also took on operations deputy responsibilities when Lewis could no longer work because of her cancer. After Lewis died, Kinyon told Twedt she was interested in the job permanently.
Twedt instead gave the job to someone 10 years younger than her, and Kinyon was told to start training a much-younger clerk on her job duties, the complaint said. Kinyon became worried that Twedt would fire her and wrote a resignation letter.
Court documents did not list whether a monetary award was agreed upon.
Calls placed to attorneys for Story County and Kinyon were not immediately returned.