Pequots to pay $6.8M award

May 27, 2003 3:58 AM

A jury award in a suit brought by former employees will cost the Mashantucket Pequot Indians’ hotel company $6.8 million.

Filing the suit after being terminated nearly three years ago for allegedly misusing funds from the Tribe’s Mystic Hilton, Norwich Inn & Spa and Randall’s Ordinary hotels, were Patricia Webster, former general manager; Frank DelGreco, former assistant general manager, and John Mulcahy, former comptroller.

The Pequots own and operate the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

The three complainants charged that their dismissal resulted over a dispute Webster had with a relative of a tribal councilor. She said she had fired the employee but relented and permitted her to return to work. Later, however, after the employee allegedly attempted to run over a pregnant woman in the parking lot of the Norwich Inn & Spa, Webster refused to rehire her.

It was then that the financial review of the hotel operations began, resulting in the termination.

During the trial, Richard "Skip" Hayward, former tribal chairman and the person credited with the tribe’s gaming developments, testified for the plaintiffs.

Webster was awarded $3.3 million; DelGreco, $1.8 million, and Mulcahy, $1.7 million.

There was no immediate indication whether the Tribe would appeal the verdict.