Casino Worker Claims Discrimination In Denied Workers' Comp Claim

26 Jun, 2019 Liz Carey


Las Vegas, NV ( – A former casino worker is suing Michigan’s largest casino operator for discrimination and retaliation after being fired in in February. Paul Ross, 49 of Washentaw County, Michigan, has filed a suit in US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and is “seeking damages and injunctive relief against Defendants for committing acts prohibited under federal and state law,” based on his belief MGM acted in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) “Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”

Ross worked as an assistant shift manager for the MGM Detroit casino. A worker at the casino for nearly 20 years, Ross said in court filings that his firing was in retaliation for a workers’ compensation claim, as well as other complaints over the years, and that he was sexually discriminated against when it came to promotions at his work.

According to court documents, Ross was asked by the company to escort a guest out of the building when the guest became violent in March 2015. The guest allegedly then assaulted a female guest in the casino and Ross.

When Ross took time off to heal from facial injuries, his attorney said in the filing, he tried to contact workers’ compensation officials multiple times, but was unable to get in touch with them until they got in touch with him three months after Ross returned to work. When he did hear from workers’ compensation representatives, it was to inform him that he would be terminated for missing work unless he filed for a Leave of Absence, the filing said. Additionally, Ross’ employer told him that because he went to a hospital instead of an urgent care facility, he was not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the filing said.

Ross’ attorney said in the filing that prior to February, Ross had received satisfactory performance reviews and regular raises. He claims Ross was fired in retaliation for the workers’ compensation complaint, as well as other unrelated complaints. Additionally, his attorney said that Ross was passed over for promotions that were given to women instead.



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