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Bartender's Lawsuit Heads to Appeals Court

12 December 2003

RENO, Nevada – As reported by the Associated Press: "A former Harrah's Reno bartender fired for refusing to wear makeup has taken her sex-discrimination lawsuit to a federal appeals court.

"It could be months before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules on Darlene Jespersen's lawsuit.

"…Senior U.S. District Judge Edward Reed ruled against her last year, concluding the casino's appearance standards are evenly applied to both sexes.

"Jespersen was fired in August 2000 from Harrah's, where she had worked for 21 years. She maintained that wearing makeup should be a personal choice and had nothing to do with her job performance.

"…Harrah's policy requires female employees to wear makeup and lipstick. Male workers are forbidden to wear makeup, ponytails or hair below the top of their shirt collar…"

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