Federal Jury Finds For Topeka In Lawsuit

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
Shirley Yeo Llizo filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city of Topeka over her 2009 firing from the Topeka Zoo.

Zoo Veterinarian Shirley Yeo Llizo, V.M.D. talks to WIBW about the zoo's accreditation. The zoo is pleased to not only meet, but exceed the AZA requirements for the next five years.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A federal jury in Kansas City, Kan., has found that the city of Topeka did not discriminate when it fired a veterinarian from the Topeka Zoo.

Shirley Yeo Llizo filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city of Topeka, alleging she was fired from the Topeka Zoo in 2009 because she is a female of Chinese ancestry and a naturalized U.S. citizen. The city denied the allegations.

Llizo got her job back in 2010 after an arbitrator ruled the city shouldn't have dismissed her.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the jury took less than 45 minutes Friday to determine that the City of Topeka didn't discriminate in firing Llizo from her position as staff veterinarian at the zoo.

Neither side commented after the jury's decision.


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