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Harrah’s passes on diversity study, citing past litigation

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When the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board conducted a study this summer of employee diversity in the state’s casinos, Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack refused to participate.

The reason: Past lawsuit settlements forbade the company from discussing minority hiring and employment figures. The company cited “certain litigated matters” from the 1990s and early 2000s as reasons for its refusal.

The board lamented that its report didn’t contain data on Harrah’s 1,500 employees, but seemed comfortable that the company wasn’t trying to hide anything. The report noted that Harrah’s has engaged in “significant minority outreach efforts, [but] it believed that recordation of statistics on the success of its efforts presented a legal minefield that it could not cross.”

Overall, the report showed that women make up 44% of the state’s gaming workforce, down from 47% in 2009. Minorities comprise 18% of casino employees, the same number as last year.

Harrah’s has since reached an agreement with the Gaming Control Board, and it will participate in future diversity studies.

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