Missouri casino workers given the go-ahead to sue Penn National

Missouri casino workers given the go-ahead to sue Penn National

The employees allege the casino operator has violated state and federal wage and labor laws

Employees of Argosy Casino Riverside and Hollywood Casino St. Louis were given the green light by a Missouri federal judge to file a class-action lawsuit against operator Penn National Gaming (PNG). According to the employees, PNG engaged in illegal wage and hour practices in violation of state and federal laws. Workload abuse is something that has never ceased to be news; however, not all workers have the opportunity to look out for their own interests. On this occasion, the employees of both casinos decided not to sit idly by, and that is why they are seeking to take this alleged injustice to court.

According to the lawsuit, the operator had opted to deduct the costs of obtaining and maintaining state-issued gaming licenses from the employees’ salaries. As a result, many employees began receiving wages that were below the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. This being the case, the plaintiffs argue that the operator violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and the Missouri Minimum Wage Law (MMWL).

According to the FLSA, the only reason employers may deduct costs from wages is only if the employees themselves are receiving some type of benefit. However, according to the lawsuit, gaming licenses are primarily for the benefit of the employer, not the employee.

Because of this, the plaintiffs in the case seek relief where wages have been less than allowed by law, in addition to unspecified compensatory damages, legal costs and “such other relief as the court deems justifiable and equitable.”

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