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Eight women sue Majestic Star casino for discrimination

Updated: November 28, 2011 10:17AM



Eight former and current female employees of Majestic Star Casino have sued the company, saying an assistant general manager repeatedly made remarks that the employees were too old and other discriminating comments.

According to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, most of the trouble started after Chris Corrado was hired in January 2009. He was promoted to assistant general manager in May 2010.

The lawsuit says Corrado made comments such as “the property and employees look old and this entire place needs a face lift,” and “it’s great to see someone under 40 and thin.”

He also made disparaging comments about employees being black, according to the lawsuit.

Majestic then began renaming positions to force employees to reapply for their jobs, the lawsuit says. Plaintiffs Rose Coleman, Bertha Posey, Frances Head and Bessie Gee say in the suit that Majestic used this tactic to force them out of their jobs because of their age, race, sex and disabilities. The other plaintiffs — Yolanda Morris, Annette Robbins, Betty Ondo and Barbara Kline-Jones — say in the suit they were passed over for raises or suffered other consequences also because of their age, sex and race.

The women are all asking for back wages and front pay or rightful employment.

A representative for Majestic could not be reached for comment.



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