Two former pit bosses are suing the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City for replacing them with younger workers.
The Tropicana already faces an EEOC lawsuit on behalf of 20 employees ranging in age from their late 40s to their early 70s who were laid off in January when the Tropicana trimmed about 20% of its staff. An attorney for the plaintiffs said most of the employees “worked for the majority of their life in the casino industry, have a high school degree and have very little ability to make anywhere near the kind of money they were making at the casinos in another industry.”
The two pit bosses say the company told them their positions were surplus and could be eliminated without negatively affecting the Tropicana’s operations. But after they left, younger, less experienced employees were promoted to their positions. Supervisors later admitted the pit bosses should have been kept on, and the younger people laid off.
Oops. That’s a gamble that probably will not pay off for the Tropicana.
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