BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) – Last week, the defendants of a discrimination lawsuit filed a motion to dismiss due to a lack of jurisdiction. Ronald Walker, a former employee of the Rocky Boy Health Clinic, filed a lawsuit in June against CEO Jessica Windy Boy, the Health Clinic and the Chippewa Cree Tribe.
The defendants claim that these courts lack jurisdiction in the matter, that Walker did not exhaust his tribal court remedies, and that the federal laws Walker cited are not applicable.
On Monday, the case was referred to a US Magistrate Judge.
Walker, who is representing himself, claims that the harassment happened in early February, about two months after he was hired as a Project Coordinator and Data Manager for the Health Clinic. He is suing for a total of $140,000 for lost wages, punitive damages and exemplary damages. Walker says he was forced resign as Project Coordinator for the Zero-Suicide grant program due to Windy Boy’s retaliation, bullying, intimidation and harassment against him.
Walker has also filed a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.