A female former guest service manager at Lakeside Casino filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the casino’s General Manager Bob Thursby.
Gail Wilson claims that Thursby is a bad boss who subjected employees to a hostile work environment that included “frequently made discriminatory and harassing comments towards [Wilson], other employees, and patrons on account of their race and national origin.”
Thursby also allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments and jokes in front of employees and patrons. For example, Wilson claims that Thursby once said, “I don’t know why [Carol Eckels] is sticking around here because I don’t remember her sucking my dick.”
According to the complaint, Carol Eckels, who is the casino’s human resources manager, “had inappropriate sexual relationships with her subordinates” and treated them more favorably.
Wilson claims that the Osceola, Iowa-based casino knew about Eckels’ alleged inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates but the casino “did not discipline or take action against” Eckels.
Wilson alleges that in 2010 she told Eckels that “sleeping with lower level employees and treating them more favorably was wrong and unlawful.”
According to the complaint, she was put on a performance improvement plan and then fired in retaliation for having complained about the hostile work environment.
[Image: Kevin May]