Vegas Culinary Union to File a Lawsuit Against Major Companies


All resorts in Las Vegas reopened partially, despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is still raging on in the US (and in the rest of the world). Although many casino operators and other major companies did a lot to protect their staff and customers — it seems that it wasn’t enough.

Culinary workers believe that they and their families weren’t properly protected from the virus, which is why the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 plans to file a lawsuit against some major companies.

The main reason why the union reacted was that one of the culinary workers in Vegas died from COVID-19. According to his family, he caught the disease after going back to work in a reopened property in Las Vegas.

The union released a statement, claiming that they are going to sue some of the Vegas companies for “injunctive relief under Labor-management Relations Act based on the hazardous working conditions that workers face.” In other words, the union believes that their employers did not set proper working conditions for them in order to sufficiently protect them from the disease.

Other details aren’t clear enough at the moment. The Culinary Union called a press conference on Monday and shared some of the details, but failed to name companies that they are going to sue. According to this piece in Las Vegas Sun, the union demanded safer working conditions for all Nevada workers who are in the gaming and hospitality industries.

One of the things that the union demanded was a better personal protective equipment for all workers. Moreover, they insisted on enforcing social distancing guidelines and asked resorts to publish mitigation plans publicly. Finally, the union pleaded all visitors to wear face masks and asked the authorities for more regular testing on COVID-19.

What’s the COVID-19 Situation in Nevada Like?

After casinos reopened on June 4, casino lovers and tourists immediately traveled to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Although the staff was required to wear protective equipment, the situation wasn’t the same for visitors, who were only encouraged to do so, but they weren’t really paying attention to that.

Having seen evidence of the total lack of social distancing protocols, Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak decided to make measures stricter. The most important thing he announced was that the face masks would become mandatory for everyone inside a casino.

Nevada confirmed a total of 16,339 cases, out of which 13,174 were from Clark County. Moreover, a total of 500 deaths were reported in the state, and one of the people who passed away was Adolfo Fernandez, a culinary worker for Caesars Palace. His daughter, Irma Fernandez stated that her father caught the disease after returning to work on June 4.

Ever since Las Vegas reopened, the number of confirmed cases in the area started going up again. Whether this trend would continue remains unclear at the moment.

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