Former Casino Waitresses Sue, Claiming They Were Fired For Getting Pregnant



If the uniform doesn't fit, must you quit? That's a policy that two former cocktail waitresses are challenging, saying in a lawsuit that a Philadelphia-area casino illegally discriminated against them for becoming pregnant.

The women, Alycia Campiglia, 27, and Christina Aicher, 31, both became pregnant in 2008 while working at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa., and claim in a lawsuit that they were demoted after telling managers that they were expecting, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Both women were later fired.

Parx mandates that its cocktail waitresses, known as Parkettes, along with their male counterparts, Park Men, mustn't gain or lose more than 7 percent in body weight, based on how much they weighed when they were hired.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Campiglia alleges that she was told by Darlene Monzo, Parx's director of marketing, that the expectant mother had only herself to blame for her condition and that the "casino did not have to offer [Campiglia] anything in this economy."

The newspaper reports that both waitresses were offered other jobs at the casino -- within players services or at the concession stand, though they wouldn't be able to earn tips and so were considered demotions. The casino's policy was to transfer pregnant cocktail servers once their uniforms no longer fit.

The women filed a complaint three years ago with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC ruled in August 2009 that Parx had discriminated against pregnant cocktail servers.

Since then, the business has changed its policy to allow pregnant workers to continue working as Parkettes, Thomas Bonner, Parx's chief counsel and vice president, told the News.

"We do have maternity costumes now," Bonner said.

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Still, the casino maintains its strict 7-percent rule on weight gain or loss, and should an employee fail a periodic weigh-in, he or she is subject to dismissal.

Bonner defended the rule, saying that the Parkettes and Park Men are entertainers, make public appearances, and appear in calendar and talent contests.

"We've established the Parkettes as sort of a brand with which customers identify the casino, and it's important to maintain the integrity of the brand," he said.

The women's attorney, Sidney Gold, told the paper that the casino can stipulate the restrictions because it categorizes Parkettes as entertainers, rather than cocktail waitresses. (Click here to see a video clip of the Parkettes performing.)

"The only entertainment these women ever did was serve liquor," Gold said. "They were anything but entertainers."

The News notes that that Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., was the target of a similar lawsuit in 2006, which sought $70 million in damages. The matter was settled out of court four years ago, though terms of the deal weren't disclosed.




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rawkstar4179

So does that mean I can use because they won't hire me because my boobs are too small?

October 12 2012 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vietnamvet1967

WOW, Guess they did NOT want to follow Policy as when they were hired

It's all about the money

October 12 2012 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oh Mighty Ruler

It's a private business, with a brand to maintain, as they say. I don't believe people should have the right to be fat. It IS a choice, unless you have some kind of condition. BTW- I'm a Democrat and I weigh almost 200 pounds. :)

July 19 2012 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mhsden

Rules are rules .

July 19 2012 at 6:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lifehub

If these women didn't want to adhere to the company's rules or had some problem with it, then they shouldn't have taken the job to begin with. Common sense rules.

July 19 2012 at 5:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mellanator

his name is bonner?! LOL!!! that's as funny as john boehner

July 19 2012 at 4:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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bcrnbs2

not half as funny as barack hussian obama.... the muslim marxist...

July 19 2012 at 5:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
petpetdonna

When the women were hired THEY KNEW THE RULES. Don't follow the rules? Get fired.

July 19 2012 at 4:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tarabristoltn

We all work at the pleasure of our employers. Some people just think they are owed something in life.

p.s First thing, kill all the lawyers.

July 19 2012 at 3:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
firet1

If a company want to have a certain look to it, it needs to put those things in the contract , gain weight , become pregnant, etc
I live in Las Vegas and it is just nasty when you see an over weight or pregnant waitress in the lil uniforms, I agree with the owner, maintain a certain look or get demoted or fired.
The girls are just looking to make a quick buck.

July 19 2012 at 3:31 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tbleecker

Working as a cocktail waitress is no place for a pregnant woman. In addition to second hand cigarette smoke, there are bar fights and drunks and oftentimes negotiating amid a packed bar once the booze is flowing can be quite dangerous. I would have moved the waitresses to the dining area or a hostess job and then let them go when they entered their eighth month.

July 19 2012 at 2:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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