Gaming Supervisors of Las Vegas Casinos File Lawsuit

by Jim Hall

Supervisors of two casinos in Las Vegas have filed a federal class action suit due to improper pay by operators.

When one works at a casino gaming venue, there are certain expectations. Employers have you complete training and have certain rules and regulations that must be followed, especially for those who hold a position as a floor or table game supervisor. The employees also expect to be treated fairly for their efforts in their position including fair pay. In Las Vegas, two casinos are now named in a federal class action suit based on improper pay for floor and table game supervisors.

At Least 100 Supervisors Affected

Bally's Las VegasThe suit was filed by Harry Strock and William Slack against Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas due to improper pay. According to Slack, a minimum of 100 supervisors who worked at either casino three years before the filing date of the 4th of October were paid for only partial days and were not able to use accumulated paid time off to be able to earn the difference. Defendants in the case include:

  • Parball Newco LLC dba Bally’s
  • Parball Corporation
  • Parball LLC

Each of these companies jointly operate the two gaming venues.

Strock and Slack are salaried supervisors who claim they are sent home when the casino floor has too many staff members or for other reasons after working just a four hour shift. While the supervisors should be paid for a full day, the company deducts the money from their salary pay for partial days worked. Paid time off is not allowed to be used to make up the payment difference.

According to Slack, the partial day pay policy is in violation of the basis of salary according to state and federal laws. Such laws forbid an employer from making a deduction for partial pay for a salaried employee. Slack stated he was forced to use his paid time off that he had accumulated to be able to cover unworked hours when he was told to leave early.

Avoiding Overtime Pay

The supervisors state in their suit that the salaried worker exemption is used by Parball to avoid paying for overtime. The company is deducting hours of salaried supervisors for partial days and then misclassifies them to be able to avoid paying overtime, which is again in violation of laws, both state and federal.

Slack also stated that Parball would schedule the supervisors who are plaintiffs in the case to come to quarterly meetings that would take around two hours to complete as well as training online. The staff members also had to complete tests and exams without pay and attend special events without added pay. This would equal almost two hours of unpaid work every week.

According to the lawsuit, the supervisors and other staff members were entitled to an hourly wage of overtime when work would go over the 40 hour time frame but the company behind the casinos would fail to make the payments.

The number of individuals who can join the suit has yet to be revealed but should become known once the employment records are reviewed during the discovery phase of the case. So far, Slack and Strock would like to see the federal court rule they are due overtime pay and damages paid for unpaid work hours based on the violations. The case was filed on the 4th of October by Leon Greenberg, an attorney based in Las Vegas.

So far, neither casino nor operating company have discussed the suit in question. It will be interesting to see if the suit continues or if the companies agree to settle to avoid heading to court.