Table games dealer alleges constructive termination after pregnancy

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A table games dealer is suing Sugarhouse HSO Gaming, citing alleged discrimination, retaliation and constructive termination.

Rita Mercado filed a complaint on Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, as a result of defendants' actions, she was extremely humiliated, degraded, embarrassed and emotionally distressed. On Sept. 15, 2017, she informed defendants that she was not returning to work. 

She has suffered and will suffer loss of income, salary, bonuses, benefits and other compensation. The plaintiff holds Sugarhouse HSO Gaming and others responsible because the defendants allegedly discriminated and retaliated against her and constructively terminated her solely due to her pregnancy.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, jointly and severally, in an amount to be determined at trial, plus interest, attorneys' fees, costs, and disbursements and such other just and proper relief. She is represented by Nathan Peckham of Derek Smith Law Group PLLC in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-03641-WB.

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