(Reuters) – Unions representing 60,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, sue three casino homes on charges of dangerous working conditions. 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 v. Harrah's Las Vegas and Bellagio and Signature Condominiums argue that companies have not adequately protected workers and their families from the spread of COVID-19 and that rules and procedures for responding to workers employing COVID-19 have been insufficient .
Harrah & # 39; s owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Bellagio and Signature Condominiums are subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International.
The lawsuit claims that the companies did not immediately inform employees of employees who tested positive and only "encouraged" guests to wear face masks in public areas until June 24, when Nevada's governor ordered the guests to wear masks. [1
In a statement, a Caesars Entertainment spokeswoman said that the company acted in accordance with its health and safety protocol when it learned that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and initiated an investigation into the Southern Nevada health district.
At least 19 union members and family members have died from coronavirus since March 1, according to the lawsuit, which seeks injunctions for exemption.
The Las Vegas gaming industry reopened on June 4 after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers in other US tourism hubs are also pushing for greater protection when they open again, including at California's Disneyland Resort. Workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Orlando Disney are pushing the company to delay the July 11 reopening, citing the recent highs in COVID-19 cases in Florida.
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