The mother of a casino dealer who died of cancer has filed a class action lawsuit against Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc., the owner of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino. The company is accused of failing to protect the decedent, Maceo Bevrotte Jr., and other employees from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. It was alleged by the Plaintiff that her son’s cancer was “directly linked” to his prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke at the casino. He worked at Harrah’s for about 15 years and died March 9, 2010. According to the Complaint, the dealer wasn’t a smoker.
Ms. Bevrotte filed the Complaint on behalf of a putative class of over 1,000 past and current non-smoking employees at the New Orleans casino. The Complaint alleges Harrah’s management does not allow its employees to choose to work only at non-smoking tables and forbids them from asking smoking customers to stop smoking or to blow the smoke away from the tables. According to the Complaint, Harrah’s didn’t try to reduce the risk of secondhand smoke until recently, by improving its ventilation system and designating some of its poker rooms and gaming tables as smoke-free.