City Settles Former Employee’s Age Discrimination

A 70-year-old former Beverly Hills senior recreation supervisor who once assisted with management of the city-owned Greystone Mansion & Gardens has settled her lawsuit alleging the city denied her promotions because of her age and that she was ultimately forced to resign in 2019 due to the incessant hostility from a supervisor.

Lawyers for plaintiff Cynthia Brynan filed a notice of settlement this week in the Los Angeles Superior Court stating that the case was resolved, but no terms were divulged. The judge vacated the scheduled May 23 trial date.

Last December, a judge denied a motion by attorneys for Beverly Hills to dismiss Brynan’s

causes of action for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate and engage in the interactive process.

Brynan’s lawsuit was filed in April 2019 and also named Nancy Hunt-Coffey–then the city’s director of recreation and parks and now the city manager–as a defendant.

In a statement to the Courier, Beverly Hills City Attorney Laurence Wiener noted, “Nancy Hunt-Coffey has been dismissed from the lawsuit, because there was a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing on her part. The city and the plaintiff have arrived at a mutually acceptable resolution of this case. The City of Beverly Hills does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”