The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

June 28, 2013

Former Gene's employees take their grievances public

APD says criminal investigation ongoing

(Continued)

ANDERSON, Ind. —

After losing her job in March, Coppess did approach police. She claims to have receipt records and an audio recording that backs up her claims. That information and material is now in the hands of investigators. Coppess also claims that Moorman offered to give her $400 to drop her claim. Coppess declined the offer.

Moorman’s attorney, Brian Williams, said the complaints are a case of retribution against Moorman because the women did not get hired back on in 2013, and there are no real facts to support the case.

“This is an issue they complained about last summer, but they continued working throughout the summer and fall without any complaints,” Williams said. “The only reason we’re talking about this is because the women didn’t get hired back.”

Not so, said Megan McNally, who worked part-time at the restaurant for 12 years, and joined in Friday's protest.

"I'm not mad I didn't get my job back. I quit," McNally said. "I'm not going to work for an employer I can't trust."

As the restaurant prepared to open Friday morning, the protesters were approached by a former colleague, Jamey Knight, who's now in her ninth season as a carhop at Gene's. No harsh words were exchanged, but "this makes me really sad," she said.

Knight said she saw the newspaper story and was concerned some employees might quit.

"I love it here," she said. "I see family, I see friends; it's a fun job. I threw on my apron, then my hat and rushed out of the house. I'm here to work if they need me. They've been good to me, so I'm showing them my support in return."

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