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Atlantic City's Tropicana Fined $75,000

2 August 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. –- As reported by the Associated Press: "Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City has agreed to pay $75,000 in civil penalties to settle allegations of workplace discrimination against non-citizens.

…The settlement was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. It said Tropicana required non-citizens to produce documents issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a practice Congress outlawed in 1990.

Special Counsel John Trasvina said the government found 978 violations of federal anti-discrimination provisions at Tropicana.

…Under the agreement, the Office of Special Counsel will train and educate human resources personnel at the casino on fair hiring practices and will monitor hiring there for two years.

Tropicana's lawyer, Russell L. Lichtenstein, said in a statement released by the casino that employees tried to comply with immigration laws and made `technical mistakes . . . in certain limited cases.'

"…`Tropicana was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place,' he said. `On the one hand, the INS will sanction employers for failing to obtain adequate documentation regarding the ability of employees to work, and, on the other hand, the Office of Special Counsel prosecutes employers for asking for too much documentation.'…"

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