Sexually Explicit Letter Sent to Subordinate

A former tribal business employee is hitting a roadblock. She received an email that contained graphic images of a sex fantasy. Now she's surprised to learn that certain protections from the government don't apply, because she worked at a tribal business."Violated, just dirty, I don't even feel like a person anymore, I want to go and hide so no one can look at me like that again," says Monica Lopez.Lopez is a mother, a fiance and a former banquet manager for Downstream Casino Resort owned by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.

She claims she was sexually harassed by a former boss. Monica says it all started with comments that she took as compliments.

Then she received this email from J.R. Mathews a former high level manager at downstream.

This is how the email starts...

"This is the first story for you I hope you enjoy it. This is just one of the many things I enjoy doing, writing is such a great way to express yourself. I hope you are not offended but turned on, I know I was."The story is 9 pages long and details an evening of dinner and sex between a man named J.R. and a woman named Monica. The writer describes Monica..."a sultry girl next door...with eyes that were captivating and sexually charged...she had full lips...I could only imagine what they would be like to kiss."{}{}{}{} Halfway through the letter the story turns into a jaw-dropping, explicit, play-by-play of sexual intercourse. For this you'll just have to take our word for it.

We took Monica's complaint straight to the man she says sent her the email.

J.R. Mathews admitted to writing the email.

"I'm a writer, and it was an erotic writing I admit that and I made a mistake, that's why I resigned, I should never have sent it," says Mathews.Mathews resigned from Downstream and his tribal office.

Monica filed 2 complaints one with the Oklahoma Human Right's Commission and a second with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The response from both-you have no case-due to a federal law.

The determination from the Oklahoma Human Right's Commission says they are "dismissing the compliant" and that "Title VII expressly does not cover Native American tribes."

The EEOC stated on its response, "closing its file on this charge" also citing Title VII rules.

Title VII is found in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In layman's terms, it's a law that protects many Americans against discrimination, but makes an exception for tribes. {}"It expressly defines employer to exclude an Indian tribe, so an Indian tribe is simply cut out from Title VII," says Carol Miaskoff, an assistant legal counsel for the EEOC.Title VII helps protect Native American tribes' sovereignty. Each federally recognized tribe has the right to create it's own rules and regulations.

Monica says she never signed a document waiving her rights and protections under federal and state law.

We asked Downstream about Monica's case and they released this statement. "Sexual harassment at Downstream Casino Resort is taken very seriously. All allegations are thoroughly investigated and appropriately dealt with. We do not comment on specific personnel matters." --Sean Harrison, Public Relations, Downstream Casino Resort.

Monica quit her job in July and filed a formal grievance complaint with the tribe the same month. So far she hasn't heard from the 3 member committee.

The grievance committee members we spoke to refused to comment and the committee's lawyer also said no.

Meanwhile Monica is still waiting for some conclusion."Now every time someone looks at me, a man looks at me I wonder if he's thinking the same thing," says Lopez.

What we couldn't find out was exactly how many cases involve Indian tribes and Title VII. {}{}{} {}The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it's not something they keep track of. Last year, the commission dismissed more than half of all complaints.

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