Seven cocktail waitresses have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The women claim they were passed over to work in the casino's new "party pits" because of their looks and age.
The case just moved to federal court, according to Attorney Kevin Costello, who is representing the servers.
Most of the women involved in the lawsuit are over the age of 40 and claim that only petite, young women were hired to work the "pits." The women still have their jobs, but say the opportunity to work in those rooms would lead to greater earning potential.
The company denies the allegations. "I think it’s upsetting that the Golden Nugget has to defend a frivolous lawsuit from a lawyer who seems to be trying to gain publicity for himself," said Lauren Ware, corporate council with Landry's, the owner of the Golden Nugget. She also adds that Costello has filled similar lawsuits against other casinos.
The lawsuit also claims the servers that were hired to work in the special room wear a costume described as "a little more than a see-through negligee."
The Golden Nugget says the costumes aren't negligees and that sizes go up to a large, according to Ware.