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Casino workers in Vegas sue over coronavirus safety concerns

Panoramic photo of the Las Vegas Strip at night, Photo Date: 7/9/2009
Panoramic photo of the Las Vegas Strip at night, Photo Date: 7/9/2009(MGN Online)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 8:44 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Unions representing 65,000 Las Vegas-area casino workers are suing resort operators, alleging that employees are being put at risk of illness and death because of skimpy safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas does not directly cite the death last week of Adolfo Fernandez, a 51-year-old Caesars Palace porter and union member who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 respiratory illness after returning to work when casinos reopened June 4.

A Culinary Union executive said hotel housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and valets want to work, but they want to work safely.

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