Suit Says Vegas Hotel's Kitchen Workers Severely Harassed Over Years
LOS ANGELES - A class of kitchen workers was severely sexually harassed by supervisors for years at famed Las Vegas hotel/casino Caesars Palace, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in an employment discrimination lawsuit. The EEOC also said Caesars management illegally retaliated against employees for complaining about the abuse.
The EEOC's suit, EEOC v. Caesars Entertainment, Inc., et al., CV-S-05-0427-LRH-PAL., was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against hotel and casino giant Caesars Entertainment, Inc. / Park Place Entertainment Corporation. The EEOC alleges that since 2000, kitchen workers at Caesars Palace were victimized by egregious harassment, including:
The suit also charges that employees who complained about the harassment by supervisors were subjected to retaliation in the form of demotion, loss of wages, further harassment, discipline or discharge.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment or pregnancy) or national origin and protects employees who complain about such offenses from retaliation. The EEOC filed suit after exhausting its conciliation efforts to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement.
The Regional Attorney for the EEOC's Los Angeles District Office, Anna Park, added, "All sexual harassment is wrong and illegal. The EEOC is absolutely determined to stop this misconduct."
Olophius Perry, District Director of the EEOC's Los Angeles District Office, said, "Employees need to be encouraged to report harassment of all kinds. Disciplining or discharging an employee for trying to do what is required under the law is simply wrong, and the EEOC will be steadfast in protecting employees against acts of retaliation."
Caesars Entertainment / Park Place Entertainment identifies itself as one of the world's leading gaming companies, with $4.5 billion in annual net revenue and 28 properties in five countries on four continents. The company has its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev., where it operates Caesars Palace and three other major casino resorts.
In addition to enforcing Title VII, the EEOC enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination based on age; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits gender-based wage discrimination; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the federal sector; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Further information about the Commission is available on the agency's web site at www.eeoc.gov, or by calling (800) 669-4000.