Station Casinos faces potentially costly right of return lawsuit in Nevada

The Station Casinos brand of well-known land-based casino operator Red Rock Resorts Incorporated is being sued in Nevada over alleged violations of the western state's "right to return" to work.

The lawsuit, filed in Clark County Circuit Court by Culinary Workers Union Local 226, alleges the Las Vegas-headquartered company violated the law by officially cutting 76 non-gambling employees in 2021. The source detailed that these workers were laid off at the beginning of Nevada's shutdown due to the coronavirus about 78 days earlier, but they were not brought back even though the legislature passed a measure expressly prohibiting such moves.

Expensive capacity:

Nasdaq-listed Red Rock Resorts Incorporated is responsible for 21 casinos and entertainment venues, and the alleged violations of Senate Bill 386 reportedly involve employees at six Station Casinos-branded establishments in southern Nevada. The lawsuit allegedly seeks damages that could ultimately exceed $10.4 million, including a payment of about $137,000 to each of the fired employees.

Plaintiff's statement:

Ted Pappageorge serves as secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Workers Union and reportedly told The Nevada Independent that 98 percent of his Nevada union members were laid off during the coronavirus-related lockout, though about 80 percent have already returned to work. In addition, he stated that Station Casinos held numerous job fairs before Senate Bill 386 passed, "to fill open positions with new employees instead of bringing back their former employees."

Pappageorge's statement reportedly said the following.

"The law requires companies to put employees back to work. They can't decide to throw them away like an old shoe." Station Casinos, which has fought the law every step of the way, is not complying with the law and must do the right thing. Their current and former employees demand and deserve justice."

Bold Defendant:

Red Rock Resorts Incorporated, for its part, said it paid its full- and part-time employees during several closures related to the Nevada coronavirus, but decided to cut employees involved in the lawsuit a full month before the state allowed its Station Casinos brand to reopen. A spokesman for the casino operator allegedly called the lawsuit "the latest in a series of empty publicity stunts" by the culinary workers' union to distract viewers from the fact that the union "failed its members and was totally ineffective during the pandemic."

A confusing character:

Nevada Department of Business and Industry spokeswoman Teri Williams told The Nevada Independent that the agency has received more than 25 complaints about possible violations of Senate Bill 386, but none have been resolved.

Williams' statement reportedly read.

"The primary reason the lawsuits or complaints were closed is because the employee did not first contact the employer about returning to work as required by Senate Bill 386."



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