Former Harveys exec sues company |

Former Harveys exec sues company

Christy Chalmers, Tribune News Service

A former top Harveys Casino official is suing the company, claiming he was wrongfully terminated and his contract was breached by a change in management structure.

Kevin Servatius of Gardnerville, formerly a senior vice president and general manager of the casino, named Harveys Casino Resorts and a subsidiary, Harveys Tahoe Management Company, in a lawsuit filed Sept. 13 in Douglas District Court.

The complaint says Servatius signed a five-year contract when he went to work for the company in August 1995 that specified he would report to the president or chief executive officer. The complaint accuses the company of violating the contract by introducing a new management structure in February of this year calling for Servatius to report to someone else. The document says Servatius was wrongfully terminated last March.

The lawsuit also accuses Harveys of failing to exercise good faith in its dealings with Servatius, who previously worked for Harrah’s.

“The defendants placed (Servatius) in a particularly vulnerable position by requiring a covenant not to compete in said employment contract,” it charges. “(Servatius) entrusted his livelihood to the defendants’ willingness to perform their obligations … (Harveys) nevertheless wrongfully, willfully and maliciously refused to deal in good faith with the plaintiff.”

The complaint claims Servatius was denied time to review stock options and other agreements before signing them in February, and was then told he could not revoke the signed agreements despite earlier assurances to the contrary.

Servatius claims he lost retirement benefits and investment income and suffered damage to his professional reputation. He is seeking back pay and benefits, costs of the lawsuit and general, special and punitive damages.

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