Hard Rock AC to Rehire Former Taj Mahal Employees

by Kyle Miller

Hard Rock Atlantic CityFormer employees of the Trump Taj Mahal will be considered for hire at the Hard Rock Atlantic City.

The Trump Taj Mahal of Atlantic City was in operation for several years, having opened in the 1990s by Donald Trump. The casino changed hands a few years ago and was owned by Carl Ichan who tried to keep the property in operation. However, upon acquiring the casino in bankruptcy court, Ichan decided to ask for health and pension benefits to be done away with in order to be able to redirect funds to investing in the property. Ichan was given permission to remove such benefits from employees, yet those employed at the casino were not happy about the changes. By July of 2016, the employees went on strike and by October, Ichan had shut down the venue.

Late last year, Hard Rock International stepped in and bought the property from Ichan. The company has renamed the former Trump Taj Mahal to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City with an opening date set for sometime this summer. As the summer draws near, the new owners are now looking for employees to be ready for operation. Hard Rock has announced they will be looking to rehire former employees of the Taj Mahal.

Rehiring Affected Employees

The circumstances of the Trump Taj Mahal closing are unfortunate but understood as employees need benefits in order to support their family. Hard Rock International has now posted online that they are looking to hire former employees of the casino if they had worked within the venue at least 30 days or more before the property closed.

The Hard Rock Casino AC will need to hire employees in several areas of service. This will include employees in food & beverage, table games, hotel operations, cage operation, slots, plus marketing and entertainment. In total, the Hard Rock will be hiring around 3,000 permanent employees. The gaming floor should include 130 table games plus 2,400 slot games. Restaurants will also be located on-site along with event areas and additional amenities.

Why Hire Former Employees?

Some may say that Hard Rock is making the wrong decision by hiring employees who went on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal. However, these employees were simply trying to negotiate the benefits they need for daily life. The Hard Rock sees the potential that the former employees can provide as they have experience in the venue as well as the gaming industry.

The casino would actually have a leg up as they would not need to train employees to operate games or work in other areas. By hiring those who already held positions within the Taj, puts individuals in place that can easily pick up where they left off.

The rehiring process also shows that Hard Rock is ready to support the locals, which is a big deal. Hard Rock is showing they are investing not only in the gaming industry of Atlantic City but also the people. The Trump Taj Mahal opened in 1990 and many employees remained at the casino until the property closed. These former employees know the locals and customers who frequented the property, plus they were quality employees. The Hard Rock can only benefit by rehiring these individuals.

For now, we wait for an opening date to be announced. The casino is prepared to open this summer with an exact date set to be released. Hard Rock is sure to be successful with their new venture in Atlantic City.