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Aria Resort & Casino sued for race discrimination and retaliation

Yesterday an African-American Aria Resort & Casino employee filed a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against his employer, claiming that he suffered severe emotional distress when two other Aria employees removed him from his job post because of his race “solely because a wealthy, racist patron insisted.”

On December 17, 2012, Michael Miller was working as a Floor Supervisor at the Las Vegas-based Aria Casino when a “well-known, big-spending customer at Aria, Defendant Patrick Cuthbertson, was gambling at the table games.”

Miller claims that Cuthbertson stared at him for several minutes and then called over Floor Supervisor Steve Davies. After Cuthbertson and Davies briefly spoke with each other, Davies called over Pit Manager Delores (“DeDe”) Tillet. According to the complaint, “Defendant Tillet told [Miller] ‘come with me’ in a harsh tone. Defendant Tillet then immediately escorted [Miller] out of the pit.”

Neither Davies nor Tillet allegedly explained to Miller why he was removed from the pit, but a coworker allegedly told Miller that “It is really messed up what was said about you” and that “Cuthbertson told Defendant Tillet he wanted the ‘colored’ guy removed from the pit.”

According to the complaint, “Defendant Cuthbertson is a frequent user of the word ‘nigger,'” “does not wish to have any ‘niggers’ in his sight when he gambles,” and that on one occasion stated “how much he hated ‘niggers.'”

Miller alleges that he was also retaliated against by Tillet after she became aware that Miller had filed a race discrimination charge with the EEOC. Tillet allegedly treated Miller differently than before he had filed the EEOC complaint, and she allegedly refused to communicate with Miller regarding work matters.

In addition, according to the complaint, “Defendant Jennifer Harper, who is friends with Defendant Tillet, began retaliating against [Miller] by accusing [him] of numerous instances of purported misconduct. The accusations were untrue.”

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

Aria Resort & Casino sued for race discrimination and retaliation
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