July 6, 2020
The unions representing 60,000 culinary workers and bartenders in Las Vegas filed a lawsuit this week against three major casino operators accusing the companies of failing to adequately protect their workers from the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The lawsuit is one of the first such major actions in the nation to hold employers responsible for COVID-19 infections as cases surge in more than 25 states.
In this episode of the Prevention Podcast, we have an exclusive interview with Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 in Las Vegas. She said the situation in Las Vegas for hospitality workers is a game of life and death, and some employers appear to be prioritizing profitability over safety and lives.