Allyson J. Pelesky who once worked as a cocktail waitress at the Rivers Casino filed a lawsuit against the casino stating that she was sexually assaulted by one of the patrons of the casino.
The incident occurred in 2014 when one of the regular customers of the Rivers Casino took a $1 chip and slipped it into her bra and fondled her breast in the process. Pelesky immediately reported the incident to senior management as the casino has an extremely strict sexual harassment policy that has zero tolerance towards any such practices. The casino acted immediately and banned the concerned individual for life and Pelesky decided to let the matter die as she felt that her molester had been punished sufficiently.
The accused individual and his family were apparently regulars at the casino and were used to spend large sums of money on a regular basis. Rivers casino decided to revoke the lifetime ban a few months later and the individual was once again allowed to enter the casino. Pelesky was appalled to find out that the casino had revoked his lifetime ban and felt that the casino had let her down and not honored their policy towards zero tolerance on sexual harassment.
She decided to file a case against the casino and quit her job as she became subject to ridicule now that her molester was once again allowed to play at the casino. The lawsuit from Pelesky stated that “As a result of the comments, sneers and jeers and her continued contact with the customer of the casino, plaintiff has suffered from a loss of tip income and has been affected in the daily performance of her duties as a cocktail waitress”.
The jury heard the case and arguments from both sides before making a final decision in favor of Pelesky and decided to award her $150,000 in compensatory damages and around $999,000 in punitive damages considering the fact that the casino permitted her to work in a hostile environment by revoking the lifetime ban.
After winning the case, Pelesky decided not to comment but her lawyer Tim Barry stated that it was the right verdict based on the evidence presented. However, Rivers casino representatives disagreed with the verdict and stated that the casino is considered to be one of the best places to work in the city and that revoking the lifetime ban on this particular individual had nothing to do with the amount of money he or his family spent at the casino. Rivers casino is currently contemplating what should be their next step in the legal process.