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Revel, Resorts Casinos in NJ Facing Lawsuits

Two Atlantic City casinos are facing legal problems stemming from an escalator injury and from unpaid vacation wages.

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An English man is suing Revel for more than $75,000 for an injury he says he sustained after his clothing became stuck in an escalator, breaking his leg and dangling him upside down 40 feet in the air, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

In court papers, Christopher Eades of Great Britain, who was a guest at Revel on Aug. 24, 2012, said he fractured his left leg and knee and suffered other injuries after his clothing got stuck in the escalator. Bystanders eventually rescued him, according to the lawsuit.

The case, filed in U.S. District Court, has been referred to arbitration. Revel declined to comment.

At Resorts Casino Hotel, state officials are trying to recover nearly $600,000 in unpaid vacation wages for employees, the newspaper also reported.

In February 2012, the New Jersey Department of Labor won a $596,927 judgment against Resorts International Hotel, the former owner of the casino, on behalf of current and former casino employees who say they were never paid for unused vacation time.

The casino and the state agree the liability occurred under previous ownership, which also declined to comment.

In a 2010 memo several months before the casino was sold, Resorts International Hotel told employees, “It is our intention to pay earned but unused vacation. However, we cannot guarantee that this will happen,” the newspaper reported.

The Labor Department says it can’t predict if its efforts to collect the wages will succeed.

Dianne Simpson, a former credit executive at Resorts, is seeking $2,505 for her unused vacation time. She said employees who stayed at the casino after the 2010 sale are the ones who did not get paid for unused vacation time. Those who left were paid, she added.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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