Monday, December 19, 2011

Press Release: Morongo Tribe Loses Lawsuit by Default UPDATED

Most likely, they feel they don't have to defend themselves in court. I'm sure they feel they can harrass any employee they want without fear of suit in state court.

Press Release:

On December 12th 2011 the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside declared the Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo Casino Resort and Spa) in default in a suite filed against them by six former employees. The case was originally filed in July of 2011 and named the Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo Casino Resort and Spa) along with the Morongo Gaming Commissioner Jerry Schultze and five other current employees.

The suite claims that Morongo Casino employees committed or allowed acts of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination among the list of charges. Some of these complaints were brought to the attention of Casino Management and the Morongo Tribal Council as early as 2003. Each of the six plaintiffs was terminated between 2010 and 2011. All of the plaintiffs had been employed for at lease three years and some as many as 10 to18 years. Several were considered model employees and consistently recognized by Casino Management for their achievements. The plaintiffs claim they attempted to bring these discrimination and harassment issues to the attention of the Tribal Council and Casino Management on a multitude of occasions but were ignored or rebuffed and consequently singled out for further harassment and ultimately terminated.

The financial damages awarded to the plaintiffs could be in the range of $5,000,000 or more and the potential ramification for the Morongo Casino and Morongo Tribal Members could be even greater.

For additional information or comments contact:

For the plaintiffs:

Law Offices of Gloria Dredd Haney

333 City Boulevard West 17th Floor

Orange California 92868-2903

Office 714-938-3230

For the defendants:

George Forman
Attorneys at Law
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite E352
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 491-2310

UPDATE: MORE ON THE LAWSUIT from Coyote who writes at: The Indian Runner which focuses on the Morongo Tribe.

Most of the individuals who brought this suite had extensive experience in law enforcement and security and were in fact considered professionals and model employees, achieving awards for their exemplary service to our Casino. Some of the work they did in training and management is still in use today, and one can still be seen in videos used for training our Security Officers. All of these people were loyal to Morongo and some worked for the Casino for as much as 10 to 18 years until their termination.

Casino Management, some Tribal Council Members and a few Tribal Members would like to describe these individuals as disgruntle employees with a history of poor behavior, we believe the facts show this is simply not true. Others would demonize them for resorting to legal measures to get publicity and are only out for the money, this we also believe is not true. If one could look into their employee records and talk to their fellow employees without the possibility of retaliation it would be discovered that they were well liked and at one time would have enjoyed returning to the Casino as employees, if changes in policy and Casino Management were implemented.

This will never happen because Council refuses to acknowledge these issues and supports the real problem employees who caused these issues in the first place. They remain in our employ and continue to spoil the work environment like a cancer festering and spreading their poison to every part of our enterprise.

Council defiantly and arrogantly supported the false belief that our Tribal Sovereignty would protect us from all legal entanglements, ideas supported by George Forman’s unfortunate and incompetent council
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