Palomar Card Club, 2724 El Cajon Boulevard
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On December 9, the Palomar Card Club was named as one of many illegal gambling operations that had laundered a total of approximately $10 million in proceeds.

Two days later, on December 11, the club was named in a wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by a former employee. Netrnaree Sukrachan, a former food server, filed the complaint against the club's owners and top managers.

Sukrachan started work at the card club in November 2010. Shortly after getting hired, Sukrachan claims she began to hear inappropriate comments from her boss, the club's floor supervisor, Tomasito Hanna.

Hanna allegedly called Sukrachan a "young, dumb Asian." He allegedly told her and others that he considered women to be "pathetic, money sucking bitches." Sukrachan claims she was accused of being lazy and worthless. She often caught Hanna, according to the complaint, staring at her breasts whenever she knelt down.

The behavior worsened over the course of Sukrachan's employment, she claims. He allegedly asked whether she had ever been with a Chaldean before, telling her that Chaldean men "were better lovers than whites or Asians" and that she would love his "Chaldean banana."

When Sukrachan told Hanna that she had a white boyfriend, Hanna allegedly told Sukrachan that her boyfriend was "dumb...just another stupid American like those who tried to steal my country."

Sukrachan complained to the club's human resources department. Employees there said Sukrachan was too "sensitive." Sukrachan subsequently resigned in February of this year.

"Defendants failed to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment and retaliation in employment from occurring," reads the lawsuit. "Further, said Defendants knew or should have known of the harassment and retaliation against [Sukrachan] described herein, yet failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the nature and substance of the harassment/retaliation and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action so as to discipline any of the offenders."

The lawsuit comes after federal agents raided the club while investigating what is called the largest illegal gambling operation in San Diego County "in recent memory." According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 25 people were charged with participating in the gambling and money-laundering scheme that is said to have involved the Palomar Card Club and the Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista.

Investigators discovered that the clubs funneled money from an illegal bookmaking operation. The clubs also allegedly played some role in off-site, high-stakes poker games, often held in ritzy Rancho Santa Fe mansions with "professional card dealers, prostitutes, chefs and waitresses."

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anniej Dec. 17, 2015 @ 10:58 a.m.

If allegations are true the floor Suoervisor should be fired YESTERDAY!!!!!!!

REALLY, in the year 2016 these alleged comments came out of a grown mans mouth - surely he has been either living under a rock somewhere (one SMALL enough to keep his 'banana' protected) or is the most arrogant, ignorant poorest excuse for a human being I have read about in a VERY long time.

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dwbat Dec. 17, 2015 @ 1:09 p.m.

Why did Councilmember Todd Gloria (and the rest of the Council) in October 2011 vote in favor of allowing two more tables at Palomar Card Club? Apparently there was NO concern about the owners and employees possibly engaged in illegal activity. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

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AlexClarke Dec. 18, 2015 @ 5:57 a.m.

Yup, follow the money. These type of businesses attract all of the people you don't want in your neighborhood.

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eruption Dec. 18, 2015 @ 7:19 a.m.

Hopefully she will prevail in the suit and laugh all the way to the bank. I'm sorry she'll never be able to eat a banana again. This certainly shows the type of environment present in this business. Damn disgusting!

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dwbat Dec. 18, 2015 @ 8:07 a.m.

And hopefully the closed Palomar Card Club will stay closed permanently. Customers can move on to the Indian casinos.

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jnojr Dec. 18, 2015 @ 1:16 p.m.

If she was so offended, why didn't she quit?

I'm sick and tired of people who expect paydays because someone said something mean to them. I hope the Feds wind up with all the money; and that she gets an empty, unenforceable judgment against a bankrupt company.

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dwbat Dec. 20, 2015 @ 9:38 a.m.

Palomar has not filed for bankruptcy, at least not yet.

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Ponzi Dec. 22, 2015 @ 8:07 p.m.

Maybe she had a family to feed. Jobs are still hard to get.

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shirleyberan Dec. 18, 2015 @ 8:42 p.m.

It is sexual harrassment and won't be tolerated. Not everybody knows how to tell the boss he should shove that banana up his own ass. That's what the law is for.

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dwbat Dec. 18, 2015 @ 10:16 p.m.

Well said! Sexual harassment is not merely someone saying something "mean." It cannot be tolerated in the workplace anymore.

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jnojr Dec. 19, 2015 @ 4:02 p.m.

If it "can't be tolerated", why can't you quit to get away from it? What if other people want to tolerate it? Why can't they have their little sandbox and do whatever they want? What happens when you offend someone, and it's decided that you can't do or say something?

I've never stayed at a job where I felt there were problems. Why should I have a right to stay and demand that the environment conform to me?

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dwbat Dec. 19, 2015 @ 5:40 p.m.

She wasn't demanding the "environment" conform to her; workplace behavior must conform to the laws of the State of California. You might want to read up on California Labor Law here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/

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shirleyberan Dec. 19, 2015 @ 4:22 p.m.

Pig-fests belong somewhere outside the workplace. Women have the absolute right to be free from it and just work to feed their family. Not easy to find a pig-free zone.

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RunItTwice Dec. 20, 2015 @ 3:14 p.m.

JnoJr,

Clearly you have never been into Palomar Card Club, nor have you ever met Tomasito Hanna before.The actions mentioned in this piece are the tip of the iceberg. I have personally witnessed Tom yell at a server until the girl started crying. This took place in the middle of card room in front of all the customers. I, along with a several other customers, immediately got up and left upon seeing this obviously gross display. This was after we told Tom that he can not treat other employees this way.

As for your comments about the employee quiting it she was being both sexually and verbally harassed. You haven't the slightest idea of this girls situation in life. Who are you to pass judgement as to say she should just quit if she is being harassed? Perhaps this was the only way for her to make enough money to support both her and her family. She should be able to do her job without the dread of knowing each day that she went into work she would recieve this harassment.

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erikacueva Dec. 22, 2015 @ 4:28 p.m.

Hi RunItTwice,

My firm represents Ms. Sukrachan (correct spelling). Do you mind providing me with more details about what you witnessed? Please email me at [email protected] Thank you in advance!

Erika Cueva

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Ponzi Dec. 22, 2015 @ 8:05 p.m.

Have the Chaldeans taken over the card rooms now? Isn't owning all the liquor stores and selling booze and cigarettes to kids enough vice for them?

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dwbat Dec. 22, 2015 @ 8:55 p.m.

I don't believe those card room licenses can be legally transferred. This might be their demise.

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dwbat Jan. 23, 2016 @ 10:59 a.m.

In a July 1, 2011 memorandum to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Councilmember Marti Emerald stated her strong support for Palomar (and another card club): "I would like to note that these remaining two San Diego Cardrooms have long been good employers, supportive neighbors and law abiding businesses in their respective communities." What information or evidence did Councilmember Emerald have at that time to indicate this was a legitimate and proper business establishment? Did the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee conduct any research to determine if the business was running honestly? Did Emerald or Councilmember Todd Gloria, or any other councilmember, ask the SDPD or the DA concerning any possible derogatory information about Palomar? If not, why not? Southwest Strategies (hired by Palomar) lobbied heavily to get two more tables added to Palomar. Their results paid off, thanks mostly to Emerald and Gloria. Was their any quid pro quo? I guess we'll never know.

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dwbat Feb. 5, 2016 @ 5:05 p.m.

I walked by Palomar today, and it's still closed.

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dwbat Nov. 12, 2018 @ 2:18 p.m.

Building is gone! Just an empty lot now.

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