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New Report Slams Worker Conditions at Station Casinos

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Palace Station Casino maintenance worker Casiano Corpus was interviewed for a report alleging abusive working conditions. (The Immigration Clinic at the UNLV Boyd School of Law)
Palace Station Casino maintenance worker Casiano Corpus was interviewed for a report alleging abusive working conditions. (The Immigration Clinic at the UNLV Boyd School of Law)
 By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV - Producer, Contact
May 18, 2016

LAS VEGAS - Working conditions at some Station Casinos violate international human-rights norms, according to an allegation in a report released Tuesday.

The report, written by researchers at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Yale and the University of California-Irvine, is called 'Banking on Unsafe Working Conditions: Placing Profits Before Protection of Casino and Hotel Workers' Human Rights in Deutsche Bank's U.S. Supply Chain." Report co-author Sameer Ashar, a clinical professor of law and co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Cal-Irvine, said researchers interviewed more than 100 Station Casino employees, mostly housekeepers, who allege excessive work without overtime, unsafe working conditions and retaliation against workers who tried to form a union.

"What the workers were alleging actually violated a number of treaties," he said, "and the extent to which Deutsche Bank was an investor in these properties that human rights norms actually come into play here and ought to be spotlighted."

Ashar said the culinary union has been trying to organize the workers but has met with resistance from the casino company. Station Casinos and Deutsche Bank did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ashar said the researchers presented their findings to officials at the giant multinational bank.

"Deutsche Bank said in two emails back to us that they're an investor, but they don't control operations and they're not going to take any further action in response to the allegations," he said. "They're not going to seek to do anything on behalf of the workers."

Ashar added that Station Casino is Nevada's third-largest private employer, and said the report seeks to hold Deutsche Bank accountable because the financial firm has committed itself to following human rights principles.

The report is online at law.uci.edu.

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