WR church sues former employees

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By The Staff

White Rock United Methodist Church has filed suit against five former employees. In court documents filed Aug.13 in Los Alamos District Court, White Rock United Methodist Church, doing business as Horizons Preschool and Daycare, and daycare director Darlene Tanski filed a Complaint of Declaratory Judgment against former Horizons employees Rachel Martinez, Ella Martinez, Joanie Maestas, Evan Padilla and Elizabeth Quintana.

According to the complaint, the church at 580 Meadow Lane, hired Tanski in August 2006 and she became the five women's supervisor.

The complaint begins with allegations that in September 2006, Maestas indicated to Tanski that she was upset Tanski had not selected her to be the assistant director at Horizons. Throughout the remainder of 2006 and into January 2007, all five women, and in particular Rachel and Ella Martinez, expressed dissatisfaction with Tanski's changes to Horizon's curriculum and the learning environment.

According to court documents, "defendants caused strife among Horizon's staff. Defendants referred to Tanski by the term 'Jew' in a way meant to denigrate her and her heritage in particular."

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