Casino Sued For Secondhand Smoke

A lawsuit seeking class action status claims Harrah’s New Orleans Casino doesn’t protect its employees from high levels of secondhand smoke.

The suit, filed March 9 by Denise Bevrotte on behalf or her son, Maceo Bevrotte Jr. who died of cancer last year, accuses the casino and parent company Caesars Entertainment Corp. of doing too little too late regarding secondhand smoke reduction.

Bevotte Jr. worked as a dealer at the casino for 15 years and reportedly didn’t smoke. His age or what type of cancer took his life is not mentioned in the court filings.

The lawsuit claims that Harrah’s has only recently designated some of its poker rooms and gaming tables as non-smoking, which the lawsuit claims isn’t enough.

“Despite overwhelming scientific studies, Harrah’s has failed to protect the health and welfare of many of its employees who performed and must perform their jobs while breathing in secondhand cigarette and cigar smoke,” according to the complaint.

The lawsuit reportedly seeks unspecified damages as well as class-action status.

A Caesars spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.