Fired Bartender Takes Case to Appeal's Court

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A Reno bartender fired for refusing to wear makeup is taking her case to a federal appeal's court.

Darlene Jespersen was fired in August 2000 from Harrah's Reno, after working there for 21 years. She maintained that wearing makeup should be a personal choice.

She sued Harrah's in federal court, alleging the casino's "Personal Best" program was discriminatory and subjected women to sex-based stereotypes as a condition of employment.

Senior U.S. District Judge Edward Reed ruled against her in December, saying the policy was applied evenly to men and women.

The New York-based Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is handling her appeal, which was filed today in the 9th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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