Employees sue Drew Las Vegas over lost wages
After construction of the casino was called off, there are a lot of outstanding debts
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Clark County District Court in Nevada, at least five employees of The Drew Las Vegas casino, including a casino “whale hunter,” are teaming up to demand the payment of lost wages. Apparently, this people were laid off from the megaresort project, which is apparently now dead in the water due to an outstanding $2-billion debt, but their contracts are still valid.
The five ex-employees claimed they were “aggressively recruited” to join the project on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Actually, two of them worked for some time at the nearby Resorts World Las Vegas before joining the 67-story hotel-casino. According to the former employees, who boast close ties to Drew CEO Bobby Baldwin, claimed that their job offers included six-figure salaries that were guaranteed, including annual bonuses and most importantly, a clause that stated that, unless they were fired for cause, they would receive the entire worth of the contract. Only one of the plaintiffs received a one-year pay guarantee.
All these employees were hired back in February to help in the development of this multi-billion-dollar project. However, the coronavirus pandemic changed things and casinos at Las Vegas were shut down for almost three months. As a result, Witkoff’s namesake real-estate confirmed that the project was going to suspend the construction of The Drew, which was once the unfinished Fontainebleau.
Paul Berry, Robert Mancari, Farid Matraki and Michael Tozzi were laid off March 31 and the fifth plaintiff, Michael Peltyn, was laid off on April 7, according to the lawsuit. Before being let go, the company sent them a separation agreement that offered two months’ severance, instead of the “guaranteed payments” their contracts called for, according to the lawsuit. Failure to sign, according to the agreement, would have resulted in a forfeit of rights to any compensation.