JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville will pay nearly half a million dollars to settle two discrimination cases rather than fight the claims in court.

In the first case, the city will pay $275,000 to settle an age and gender discrimination claim against a former jail employee. She says her then-supervisor called her an “old, demented, worthless whore,” and said she was unlikely to be raped because she was ugly.

In the second, the city will pay $190,000 to a former Public Works employee who says she was demoted and had a reduction in pay because of gender discrimination.

Both cases, city lawyers say, could potentially cost the city far more if they were litigated and the city lost in court.

Both deals must be approved by the City Council before they are finalized.