A member of the prestigious Congressional Country Club has filed suit against the club in Montgomery County Circuit Court alleging that the club's management cheated several employees hired for summer and vacation work of their full wates.
According to court documents, some of the cheating was alleged to have occurred when the Montgomery County club, whose members include former President Ford, hosted the 58th annual Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship Aug. 9 to 17.
County Circuit Court Judge John J. Mitchell Wednesday afternoon issued an order directing the club to allow George W. Koch, the club member who filed the suit, to examine the club's books.
In a request for a contempt citation filed Thursday afternoon, Koch said the club's manager and president refused to let him examine the books. Koch asked Judge Mitchell to impound the books and payroll records for last summer of the club's dining and entertainment facilities. Mitchell is considering the request, his law clerk said yesterday.
Koch declined comment when contacted by a reporter yesterday.
Richard G. Kline, president of the club at 8500 River Rd. in Bethesda, said the club's board of governors had begun its own investigation of the allegations Wednesday after talking with Koch Tuesday night.
Kline said he had refused to allow Koch to examine the club's books, despite the court order, "to protect the privacy of individual employees" who had not been asked if they wanted their employment files inspected.
According to court documents, Koch said he had been told several times by busboys, waiters, and waitresses that they were "consistently" cheated of wages, that their requests for an accurate accounting of wages and tips due them were refused, and that at least one employee was fired when he continued to inquire about wages due him.
Five former employees filed supporting statements to the suit.
In his petition, Koch said their statements show "the existence of improper payroll practices, shortages in employee paychecks, withholding of employee time records, and improper entries on payroll records."
Kline, however, said he wasn't aware of any "improprieties" in the club's employment practices.He said auditors are examining records of wages paid during 1975 and 1976 to determine whether they contain any irregularities.