Caesars Entertainment Sued By Pennsylvania Casino Employees for Lost Wages

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Derek Blake
Casino News


  • Plaintiffs claim Caesars time clock did not clock full eight hour shift
  • Lawsuit says Caesars forced employees to work off-clock
  • Complaint asks for full payment of unpaid wages

Employees of a Caesars Entertainment casino in Chester filed a class action lawsuit against the gaming company alleging they were not paid fully for the hours they worked.

In the class action complaint, two former employees of the Harrah’s Philadelphia casino allege the Chester location had a time clock that punished workers clocking out with more than eight hours on their shift. 

The two plaintiffs, Spencer McLaughlin and Christopher Cvijic, filed the lawsuit claiming the practice violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

"This work was performed with the knowledge and approval of defendant who willfully attempted to prevent its casino floor employees from earning overtime," Cvijic and McLaughlin claim in the complaint.

Employees Forced to Work After Their Shift Ended, According to Lawsuit

Both gentleman say that the casino began using a time clock that would register only 7 hours and 45 minutes when they clocked out after a shift lasting over eight hours. The casino then forced their employees to work uncompensated for other duties including card and dice inventories, jackpot payments, and training sessions. 

The two men also say the casino operator forced employees to stay on-site during their entire work shift and end breaks early to keep tables open for gambling PA players. The former employees also say workers were encouraged to clock out before they hit the eight-hour limit and then continue working off-the-clock.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of all dual-rate supervisors, floor supervisors, and dual-rate assistant managers, says the casino failed to pay employees minimum wage for all hours worked.

The complaint asks for 15 avenues of relief including Caesars paying for all attorney fees and all related costs to the plaintiffs. The class bringing the lawsuit also requests all unpaid wages to be paid to the plaintiffs and all members of the complaint.

The Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester offers 100,000 square foot of gaming including slots, blackjack, and roulette. The location also houses a sportsbook with 45 screens along with stations to sign up for the Caesars Pennsylvania online sports betting app.

Derek Blake is a freelance writer that has covered the expansion of legal sports betting in America and the regional casino business for several well-known industry websites. During his writing career, he has written profiles on dozens of athletes and focused on the collision of sports and politics.