Daily Archives: July 9, 2020

Las Vegas Employees Suing over Unsafe Work Conditions during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing developments surrounding the gambling industry during the coronavirus pandemic.  Most recently, after shutting down due to the virus, Las Vegas opened back up and a record number of Covid-19 cases were reported.  Casino employees have been exposed to a rash of gamblers flooding back to casinos and in Arizona, a casino re-closed after an employee caught the virus and died.   The lack of PPE requirements were at the center of the situation and employees have taken note.  Citing similar types of work place issues, Las Vegas workers are trying to protect themselves anyway they can, including using the courts.  As Fox Business reports, a new lawsuit has been filed:

Las Vegas Strip hospitality workers filed a lawsuit against casino operators on Monday accusing the companies of failing to protect employees from Covid-19, one of the first efforts to hold employers legally responsible for infections as cases in the U.S. surge.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against the owners of Harrah’s, MGM Grand and Bellagio casinos, says the company didn’t immediately shut down food-and-beverage outlets and other areas after learning of positive cases, didn’t immediately inform employees when co-workers tested positive, and didn’t adequately contact-trace before allowing colleagues of infected employees to return to the job.

Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, through their joint bargaining agency, filed the lawsuit against Harrah’s Las Vegas LLC, a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corp., and The Signature Condominiums LLC at the MGM Grand and Bellagio LLC, subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International.

The lawsuit said unsafe working conditions violate the unions’ contract. The unions represent 60,000 hospitality workers. “We’re not just numbers,” Mr. Zermeno said at a news conference Monday. “We’re families also. We’re human. I just want them to care, honestly.”

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