Parx Casino worker says she was subjected to harassment

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 31, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — An employee is suing gaming and entertainment companies, citing alleged racial and sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

"Michelle Doe" filed a complaint on Dec. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Parx Casino, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., and Greenwood Table Games Services Inc. for alleged violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the complaint, in December 2017 "Doe" was hired by defendants as a table games dealer when she was allegedly subjected to hostile work environment and harassment among her male co-workers because of her African-American race, her sexual orientation of being a lesbian, and her masculine gender expression. 

Plaintiff claims the harassment was severe or pervasive enough to alter the conditions of her work environment, which made it more difficult to do the job. Furthermore, despite her plaintiff being objectively qualified for the position, she was terminated from employment because she is openly lesbian.

The plaintiff holds Parx Casino, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., and Greenwood Table Games Services Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide a prompt and appropriate action to prevent, correct and remedy the hostile environment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $150,000 to compensate for the damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of suit and equitable/injunctive relief. She is represented by Justin Robinette of Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-05289-JHS.

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