City Council Seeks Resolution to Labor Dispute

The San Pablo City Council is calling for a fair settlement in a labor dispute involving workers at the Casino San Pablo, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The dispute stems largely from unsafe working conditions, wrongful termination, wage disputes and discrimination.

Unite Here Local 2850 is representing some of the workers who have filed complaints against the casino. Local 2850 represents hospitality industry workers. Some of the complaints they allege against the casino management include firing workers who become pregnant or need time off for medical issues and some who complained about dangerous working conditions.

Doug Elmets, spokesman for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, who owns the casino, denies the allegations but had no further comment. Casino San Pablo grossed over $160 million last year. The average hourly wage for workers is $9.50 an hour.

Employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment for workers, free of discrimination and harassment. These workers and Unite Here Local 2850 are right to take a stand and make their voices heard. Usually legal action is required to produce results, especially when wage disputes are involved.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment attorneys