Unfit To Serve
Waitresses slap casino with discrimination suit involving sexy new uniforms.
Attorney Gloria Allred announced a lawsuit against the Resorts Casino Hotel on Tuesday.
Allred represents nine cocktail waitresses who say they were fired back in March from the Atlantic City casino because they were too old to wear the new 1920s flapper-styled costumes.
"I feel used," said Elsa Hernandez a 57-year-old grandmother and former cocktail server at the resort. "Like I've been thrown out like a piece of trash."
The women ranged in age of 39 to 66.
Allred claims that the casino fired them because they did not meet uniform requirements and replaced them with younger women.
The women say they were humiliated during an audition in which they tried on costumes that were too small.
"The older plaintiffs were required to pose, bend, turn and move in ways that would emphasize body fat," said Allred.
In spite of the controversy, Resorts defended its decision.
"Resorts is confident that it has acted in accordance with all legal requirements in its employment decisions," said Courtney Birmingham, a Resorts spokesperson.
The Casino also claims that it gave the former cocktail servers hiring preference in other open positions, which some took advantage of and others did not.
The women are suing for back pay, lost wages, damages for pain and suffering and punitive damage.
Most importantly however, they want their jobs back.
"I didn't deserve this," said former cocktail server Margie DePamphilis. "I was a great waitress."