Culinary Union to sue Las Vegas casinos over Covid-19 safety

29 June 2020

Culinary Union Local 226, the largest labour union in Nevada, will file a lawsuit against a series of “major Las Vegas Strip casinos” today, arguing that workers at these casinos have faced “hazardous working conditions” as these casinos reopen.

The union will sue the unnamed operators for injunctive relief under the Labor-Management Relations Act, alleging that casinos on the Strip have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The suit goes on to claim that the rules or procedures in in place if a worker tests positive “have been wholly and dangerously inadequate”.

The union added that the lawsuit will focus on “the companies’ failure to properly warn workers, disinfect, and quarantine when a worker or their co-worker tests positive for Covid-19”.

The lawsuit will be filed by Culinary Union secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline, with a number of other union members and the daughter of a union member who died due to the illness named as co-plaintiffs.

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