Las Vegas workers sue, saying casinos were unable to protect them from the coronavirus

Hospitality workers on the Las Vegas Strip filed a lawsuit against casino operators on Monday, accusing companies of failing to protect COVID-19 employees, one of the first efforts to hold employers legally responsible for infections in cases in the United States.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Las Vegas against the owners of Harrah’s, MGM Grand and Bellagio casinos, says that the companies did not immediately close food and beverage outlets and other areas after learning of it. of positive cases. Immediately inform employees when coworkers tested positive and did not adequately follow up on the contact before allowing colleagues of infected employees to return to work.

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. CZR,
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and Signature Condominiums LLC at MGM Grand and Bellagio LLC, subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International MGM,
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. The lawsuit says unsafe working conditions violate the union contract. Unions represent 60,000 hospitality workers.

In response to the lawsuit, MGM Resorts said the company has offered workers free tests before returning to work and requires tests for anyone with symptoms or who may have been exposed. The managers have been trained in response protocols and work closely with public health officials to search for contracts after positive test results, according to the company.

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