Casino Discrimination Case Hits Snag - Sunday 25th of June 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Auburn Journal: "A new legal wrangle unfolded Tuesday in a Placer County Superior Court harassment and discrimination case filed by seven former female Thunder Valley Casino employees.

"Casino manager Station Casinos is asking that Commissioner Margaret Wells be replaced with a judge.

"The move by Station Casino attorneys comes after Wells issued a tentative ruling stating that while Thunder Valley's owner the United Auburn Indian Community was exempted from proceedings because of the tribe's sovereign status, the suit against Station Casinos may proceed.

"What was initially scheduled to be a hearing on Wells' tentative ruling on the Nevada-based Station Casinos status as a possible employer of the woman has now become further entangled in submissions over the commissioner's presence on the bench.

"Both sides have six weeks to submit briefs on Wells' status, with the next court appearance slated for Aug. 5.

"The seven women filed a suit in early 2005 claiming sexual harassment, wrongful termination and sex and age discrimination while they were employed at the casino, which is owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community.

"…In the lawsuit, two plaintiffs allege that Curtis Broome, former director of information technology for Thunder Valley, physically harassed them, including instances of fondling, touching and sexual advances. In one woman's case the advances led to what the court documents describe as non-consensual sex…"

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