DENVER (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that RCH Colorado has agreed to pay
$250,000 after allegations of age and sex discrimination.
"The ADEA and Title VII are clear that discrimination
on the basis of a person's age and/or sex is a violation of federal law," EEOC
Regional Attorney Mary Jo O'Neil said. "Employers cannot hide behind any
marketing or rebranding efforts to discriminate against older, seasoned
RCH Colorado, formerly known as Luna Gaming Central City,
bought Reserve Casino Hotel, which was formally known as the Fortune Valley
Hotel. In January 2011, the company began to hire new candidates, and allegedly
chose younger candidates over older ones and male over female despite equal or
greater qualifications. Alleged conduct of this nature violates the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects individuals older than 40 from
discrimination based on their age.
"This resolution is an excellent result for the four
women applicants, who will receive compensation, and for current casino
employees, who we expect will see an improved working environment where they
will not be mistreated based on their age or gender,” EEOC Denver Field
Director John Lowrie said.