BOWLER, Wisconsin (WAOW) – Several former casino employees speak up after losing their jobs.
They say it is all because of their refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
On November 19, employees at Northstar Mohican Casino and Resort received a letter stating that a new vaccination mandate had been approved and would apply to all tribal workers.
The casino, which is owned by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, gave until January 4th.
“I filed my religious exemption and had some evidence to support what I believe,” said ex-associate Lisa Miller.
Miller worked in the casino for almost 30 years. She says that while the tribe approved her religious exemption, they refused to let her stay.
She was “voluntarily” separated from her job.
“I’m a dedicated employee. I get great reviews every year, I don’t call, I’m not late,” she said. “The utter lack of care for qualified employees alone is worrying.”
She is not alone.
Sandy Lawyer worked in the casino for almost twelve years. She says losing her job felt like a slap in the face.
“Now I’m unemployed and as an older person I have to start all over again,” she said.
According to the staff letter signed by President Shannon Holsey, the tribe says they cannot guarantee housing, even with one exception. “Public health issues require difficult decisions for the benefit of our community”.
Nevertheless, at least 9 former employees are now wondering what’s next.
“It sure is scary,” said Miller. “I have a couple of irons in the fire, but I don’t have a job tomorrow.”
News 9 made several attempts to solicit comment from the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe but received no response.