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Atlantic City Casino Commission Proposes New Hiring Rules

1 November 2002

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Associated Press: "Casinos would judge their employment of women and minorities by comparing their numbers to the area's noncasino work force, instead of chasing prescribed percentages.

"That is the Casino Control Commission's proposed solution to the constitutionally tricky issue of affirmative action.

"A federal appeals court three years ago struck down the affirmative-action policies of Resorts Atlantic City, which relied on the commission's mandated Equal Employment and Business Opportunity Plan. The court said Resorts' policies were discriminatory.

"The commission immediately stopped enforcing its affirmative-action policies, and last year a U.S. District Court judge ordered the agency to eliminate them, calling them unconstitutional.

"…The new plan does not establish preferences for gender, race or ethnicity but does require that casinos evaluate every step of their employment and affirmative-action practices, said David Missimer, the commission's assistant general counsel.

"…Casinos would also be required to avoid discrimination by monitoring staffing patterns and ensuring fairness in pay…"

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