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 workers."

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.

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