Caesars sued for sexual discrimination
A former company executive is calling foul over past treatment
Jocelyn Agnellini Allison was a VP of marketing with Caesars Atlantic City and everything seemed to be going well. She was respected by her peers and by Caesars brass and was involved in a lot of the company’s marketing activity. She had already been with the company for several years, but was suddenly let go this past February without any explanation. Now, Allison believes she knows why and has launched a lawsuit against the venue, and parent company Caesars Entertainment, over allegations that the company had sexually discriminated against her.
The claim stems from an incident that occurred back in 2017. At the time, Caesars Regional President Kevin Ortzman apparently got a little too friendly with a subordinate at a company function. When some of Allison’s charges approached her about it, she took the issue up with company executives. It was then that Ortzman allegedly vowed to exact revenge.
Since then, Allison has been left out of department meetings, department “gift-giving” activities and more. She had also reportedly been subjected to “hostile and dismissive” treatment before being let go, and was wrongfully accused of abusing her position and privileges. Her lawsuit doesn’t specify any monetary damage claims, but looks to hold Caesars accountable and to provide better equality across genders. She asserts that Caesars doesn’t offer enough employment opportunities for women and, in particular, in the upper ranks, adding that this violates New Jersey employment laws.
Despite the fact that Ortzman has been identified as the perpetrator and possibly the reason she was fired, he isn’t named in the lawsuit. Allison is only going after Caesars Enterprise Services, LLC and Caesars Entertainment Group.