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All is not sunny at the Tropicana

12 August 2001

Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City has reached a settlement to the sum of $75,000 in a civil penalties suit based on allegations of workplace discrimination against non-citizens. According to the U.S. Justice Department''s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, the Tropicana had insisted that non-citizens produce documents issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a practice which has been outlawed by Congress for over a decade. Found guilty on nearly 1000 violations of federal anti-discrimination provisions at Tropicana, the casino issued a statement claiming that their employees had made “technical mistakes…in certain limited cases.” To avoid these mistakes recurring, the Office of Special Counsel will train and educate human resources personnel at the casino on fair hiring practices and will be on hand to monitor recruitment for a period of two years. Tropicana''s lawyer, Russell L. Lichtenstein, defended the casino saying, “Tropicana was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. 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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