Smoky casino prompts lawsuit from former Las Vegas blackjack dealer

Former blackjack dealer suing casino over smoke

LAS VEGAS — A former Caesars Palace blackjack dealer is suing the resort and parent company Harrah’s Entertainment for allegedly not doing enough to protect workers from secondhand smoke.

Tomo Stephens says she had to quit her job at the Las Vegas Strip resort in June because of health effects of exposure to tobacco smoke. Her attorneys are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Chicago-based lawyer Jay Edelson says the lawsuit doesn’t aim to ban smoking in casinos. He says casinos should provide areas where employees can work and not be exposed to smoke.

The lawsuit says a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health study found unhealthy chemicals that are associated with secondhand smoke in casino employee urine samples.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, www.lvrj.com

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