Tort claim notice updated to include OnTrack’s interim executive directors

Medford, Ore. — An Oregon tort claim notice sent to OnTrack last fall has been amended, to include additional employees seeking legal action, against the addiction recovery program. NBC5 News first told you about the notice in December, where former employees of the organization announced their intent to sue OnTrack, former executive director Rita Sullivan, and it’s board. But tonight, they’re expanding that claim to include current interim executive directors Tonia Moro and Rick Nagel.

The Oregon tort claim notice amended just last week, outlines a dozen federal and state law violations including official misconduct, hostile work environment, and retaliation against the employees named in the tort claim notice.

The document claims prior to Rita Sullivan’s removal in November, she “authorized the alteration of several claimant’s work schedules to include only night and weekend shifts with no days off in between.”

It goes on to say interim executive directors, Tonia Moro and Rick Nagel failed to bring their schedules into compliance, and failed to address under staffing concerns. It says despite being informed one of the claimants was diagnosed with leukemia, upper management failed to allow the employee time off to attend doctor appointments and manage her illness.

Attached to the tort claim notice are copies of two 30-day eviction notices given to a pair of the claimants pursuing legal action. They inform both employees that they must move out of the facilities they are working in due to renovations. And that after renovations wrap up, their current positions will no longer be utilized.

The notice goes on to say interim executive directors Moro and Nagel unlawfully approached and solicited a settlement offer from one of the employees, and verbally harassed her in private.

According to the document, due to recent action taken against the claimants, 3 have resigned.

We attempted to reach out to Moro and Nagel but have yet to hear back. The attorney representing them and OnTrack tells us he has not received the most recent amendment but says OnTrack does not comment on pending litigation.

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