October 26, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Caesars Palace blackjack dealer is suing the Las Vegas Strip resort and parent company Harrah's Entertainment, alleging she had to quit in June due to health effects of exposure to tobacco smoke.
Lawyers for Tomo Stephens are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.
It alleges Caesars Palace doesn't do enough to protect workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Chicago-based lawyer Jay Edelson says the lawsuit doesn't aim to ban smoking in casinos. He says casinos should provide areas where employees can work and not be exposed to smoke.
The lawsuit says a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health study found unhealthy chemicals associated with second-hand smoke in casino employee urine samples.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com