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Harveys expects suit to be dismissed

Staff reports

An official for Harveys Casino Resorts says the company expects a lawsuit filed by a former manager to be dismissed.

Jim Rafferty, senior vice president of corporate marketing, issued a brief statement Wednesday refuting the claims made in a lawsuit filed by Kevin Servatius, formerly general manager at the Stateline hotel-casino and a senior vice president of the company. The lawsuit names Harveys Casino Resorts and a subsidiary, Harveys Tahoe Management Company.

Servatius filed the suit Sept. 13 in Douglas District Court. He claimed Harveys breached a work contract by changing its management structure in February, and that he was wrongfully terminated in March of this year. Servatius also accused Harveys of failing to exercise good faith in its dealings with him, and claimed he lost retirement benefits and investment income and suffered damage to his professional reputation.

Rafferty said the company hasn’t reviewed Servatius’ claim, but “has always acted in good faith with Mr. Servatius and denies any wrongdoing. We are confident that the allegations will be dismissed.”

Court documents say Servatius began working for Harveys in August 1995 following several years with Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, a competitor. Servatius is suing Harveys for back pay and benefits, costs of the lawsuit and general, special and punitive damages.