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Casino employee sues over sexual harassment

For many employees, the fear of harassment in the workplace is something that is all too real. With this in mind, these people are afraid to go to work as they are never sure of what is going to happen.

Many of our Indiana readers spend time at casinos in neighboring states, such as Horseshoe Casino in Ohio. The casino has been sued by a former card dealer in federal court, claiming she was sexually harassed by casino-goers and her supervisors did not do anything to put an end to it.

The 50-year-old woman worked as a table dealer from March 2012 to April 2013, at which time she was fired by her employer. She filed an 18-page complaint in U.S. District Court on December 16. Officials at the casino deny the allegations.

In the lawsuit, the woman claims that shortly after beginning her job, a high-roller targeted her. She accused the man of asking her for sex while also making derogatory remarks about a variety of groups, including blacks, Jews, and Catholics.

After she made a formal complaint with supervisors and was asked to move to another table, the sexual harassment only got worse. Rather than doing anything to protect her against these acts, the woman is accusing her employer of retaliating against her and adding to the hostility of the working environment.

In the lawsuit, the woman is requesting to be reinstated while also asking for more than $25,000 in damages.

Anybody who has been a victim of harassment in the workplace may want to pursue the help of an employment law attorney since this is not something to take lightly.

Source: The Plain Dealer, "Dealer at Horseshoe Casino claims sexual harassment; sues over "hostile work environment"" James F. McCarty, Dec. 29, 2013

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