Cocktail servers union says casino’s costume-based firings are age discriminatory

    As Resorts Casino in Atlantic City prepares to embrace a roaring ’20s theme, the local cocktail servers union says the theme has more to do with age than era.

    Local 54 of UNITE-HERE says 16 cocktail servers have been let go because Resorts didn’t like the way the women looked in the new flapper costumes.

    While a spokeswoman for Resorts told the Press of Atlantic City the casino is trying to target a younger crowd, Dennis Gomes, owner and CEO of Resorts, says the termination of the 16 women had nothing to do with their age, and was done in a fair manner.

    But Local 54 maintains the women — who range from their 40s to their 60s — were let go at the end of the probationary period after a panel of judges from a modeling agency surveyed neck-down photos of the women in the costumes.

    Resorts is set to debut the costumes and the ’20s theme Memorial Day weekend.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.