Former Atlantic City Casino Executive Sues Old Employer Over Incorrect Data Submitted To Regulators
A former executive of an Atlantic City casino is filing a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that she had been let go from the business in response to her concern that the business was submitting incorrect reports to state gaming authorities.
Loretta Pickus, former senior vice president and general counsel for Ocean Casino Resort, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Tuesday at New Jersey’s Superior Court.
In the lawsuit, she claimed she had been fired from retaliation after pointing out that there were “factual discrepancies” at a casino audit which had been submitted to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City.
After increasing suspicions over the information, Pickus stated she had been advised that the right strategy would have been to talk “softer” and “less harshly” after reporting the offenses.
The lawsuit lists two associates of this casino audit committee as plaintiffs, in addition to the casino itself and its own possession collection Luxor Capital Group, a New York City-based hedge fund which has a bet in the casinogame. Pickus is looking for financial compensation for her conclusion.
Pickus’ lawyer, Katy McClure, told the New Jersey newspaper that her client’s gender also played a role in the decision to let her go. Ocean Casino Resort’s Audit Committee is comprised entirely of males.
“The argumentation casino officers conveyed to her for its decision to shoot her show that a retaliatory motive fueled by sex discrimination,” McClure said. “Ms. Pickus has endured not just economic and psychological harm, but damage to her professional standing in a small business. “