Caesars Agrees to Pay $50k Fine for Employing 49 Allegedly Unregistered Casino Staff

Caesars Entertainment agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for allegedly employing 49 unregistered staff at Atlantic City casinos “for a number of years,” according to a letter from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).

DGE Director David Rebuck‘s letter to the Las Vegas-based gambling company’s attorneys stated that the 49 employees in purchasing, information technology, marketing, human resources, and credit departments were working without “the requisite casino employee registrations.”

Rebuck writes to Caesars on July 7:

Caesars has agreed to pay such amount in recognition of the seriousness of its failures.

Its media representatives didn’t reply to NJGamblingSites.com‘s request for comment today.

These issues are unrelated to the company’s online gambling presence of Caesars Casino and Caesars Sportsbook.

Caesars Self-Reported Alleged Violations

While Rebuck writes that DGE looked into Caesars due to a complaint, he also details that the company self-reported alleged violations beginning in February 2021. He further states that it then took action to correct them.

For instance, Rebuck notes a situation that isn’t the subject of this fine.

In February 2021, Caesars notified DGE that it had 60 unregistered alcoholic beverage employees. By the next month, Caesars “properly registered them.”

However, Caesars began reporting the status of the employees related to the fine in May 2021 and didn’t resolve the issue until February 2022, Rebuck states.

The document says the staff work at these Atlantic City retail casinos:

  • Caesars Atlantic City Resort and Casino
  • Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
  • Tropicana Atlantic City

Averting a Strike

July’s been a busy employment issue month for Caesars in Atlantic City.

Days before Rebuck sent this letter, the company averted a strike that could have threatened business during the long Fourth of July weekend.

Staffers were among the 4,500 retail casino housekeepers, bartenders, cocktail servers, cooks, bellhops, door attendants, and other service workers at four casinos who’d agreed to strike without a new contract.

The fourth casino was the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, owned by Las Vegas-headquartered MGM Resorts International.

Like Caesars, the issue wouldn’t have impacted MGM’s online casino. MGM jointly owns BetMGM with Isle of Man-based Entain.

Workers who’d been part of the employment action ratified their new contracts on July 12.

Once Caesars pays the fine related to the 49 allegedly unregistered staffers, it can close out a chaotic July on a high note.

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Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher is the lead writer at NJ Gambling Sites, concentrating on online casino coverage. In March 2021, Fletcher began writing about online casino gambling as the lead writer for Online Poker Report. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, as well as a master's degree in journalism from New York University, and has now shifted to NJ Gambling Sites to lend her expertise.