Turtle Mountain members appeal for reinstatement following job terminationFour years ago Ron Allery, Lonnie Allery and Alvin Lafromboise were suspended, then fired, for alleged sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior at work. The three say they've been unemployed ever since and want to be reinstated at the warehouse with three years of backpay.
By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ
Three members of the Turtle Mountain Tribe near Belcourt, ND say they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs at the Tribal Commodity Warehouse.
Four years ago Ron Allery, Lonnie Allery and Alvin Lafromboise were suspended, then fired, for alleged sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior at work. The three say they've been unemployed ever since and want to be reinstated at the warehouse with three years of backpay.
Monique Vondall says it's been four years since her three clients were suspended then fired from the Tribal Commodity Warehouse near Belcourt North Dakota. Still, she says they continue to seek justice.
"They would like to be reinstated to their positions. My one client has been there 20 some years and hopes to retire from that position," said Vondall.
Monique Vondall's main argument Monday was over due process. She says her clients were not properly notified of their rights to grieve the terms of their suspension.
"My clients were notified they were on suspension, and normally when you're given a notice of suspension, you have five days to request a grievance hearing. Well they didn't get their notice officially until that five days was up," Vondall said.
Allery- "We were first suspended without pay, which according to the first policy, according to the local judge, any time you take a man's paycheck or any kind of discliplinary action it is a grievable action. We weren't granted any grievance procedures whatsoever. It was from suspension to termination," said Allery.
Joel Flamm, who represented the Turtle Mountain tribe, says he hopes the judges will give the tribe a chance to fix the situation.
"We would ask for a remand so that a grivenace hearing could be held and that deficiencies they claim could be corrected," said Flamm.
The case was heard today at University of North Dakota Law School. The judges did not deliver a decision -- That's expected to be given in the coming weeks.