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Women fired from casino over uniforms

March 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., March 31 (UPI) -- A union official says a New Jersey casino has introduced a skimpier uniform to get rid of aging cocktail waitresses.

Sixteen women lost their jobs at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City because managers said they did not look good in the new uniforms, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

Robert McDevitt, president of Local 54, UNITE-HERE, said the women who were in their 40s, 50s and 60s, were given the thumbs down after a casino took photographs of the women in their new attire and sent them to a modeling agency. He said the casino told him the pictures showed them only from the neck down.

"I can't think of anything I've dealt with that was more disgusting and dehumanizing than what they've done to these women," McDevitt told the Press.

Dennis Gomes, the chief executive officer, said the decision was made "in a fair and balanced way." Gomes and Morris Bailey, who bought the casino in December for $31.5 million, have been shifting to a 1920s theme tied to the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" about Atlantic City during Prohibition.

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