At least 13 sexual harassment lawsuits have been filed against Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. The company management has also been accused of trying to cover up the harassment and retaliating against employees who complained about the hostile work environment.
The lawsuits accuse former supervisor Raymond Montgomery, who served as the “Director of Nightlife” at Harrah’s The Pool nightclub, of making sexual advances on numerous female employees and pressuring them to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Two of the women allege that they blacked out and later discovered that they had been sexually assaulted by Montgomery.
Another Harrah’s boss, Jeffrey Chafee, was named in the lawsuits. Chafee was accused by a female employee of subjecting her to “inappropriate, vulgar, and off-color comments, innuendos, and jokes.” According to the complaint, the woman was retaliated against and accused of “insubordination” after she reported Chafee’s behavior to Harrah’s HR department.
Two human resources managers, Mylka Naranjo and Tim Kreischer, were named in the lawsuit complaints for failing to try to stop the harassment. Naranjo is alleged to have told a woman who complained to her to “Stop being a baby,” and Kreischer is accused of engaging “in a concealment and cover-up of such instances of sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment in the workplace in order to prevent wrongdoing of co-employees, supervisory and managerial level employees from being exposed.”