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Las Vegas Sands Housekeeper Pay Suit Moves Forward

Sept. 25, 2018, 10:22 AM

Current and former housekeepers at the Venetian and Palazzo hotels and other Las Vegas Sands Corp. properties can expect to receive a notice that they are eligible to join a lawsuit that argues they should be paid for time they spend loading up their cleaning carts with supplies they’ll need during their shifts.

Anyone who worked as a housekeeper at any of the properties since 2013 is eligible to join the lawsuit, Judge Richard F. Boulware II of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada said. He conditionally certified a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action against the world’s largest casino operator. A collective action is a procedure for litigating a pay lawsuit under the FLSA that’s similar to a class action.

Housekeepers at the hotels worked between 15 and 25 minutes off the clock as they gathered supplies before each shift, according to the lawsuit. If they didn’t complete rooms in the allotted time, they were required to clock out and finish working, they say.

The lawsuit, first filed in 2016, also includes a claim that the Venetian and Las Vegas Sands didn’t follow disclosure requirements laid out in the Fair Credit Reporting Act when they notified job applicants they would conduct background and credit checks.

The parties received final court approval Sept. 11 for a settlement on the Fair Credit Reporting Act claims in which the Venetian and Las Vegas Sands agreed to pay up to $1.23 million for a class of some 5,500 applicants.

The case is Yousif v. Venetian Casino Resort, LLC, 2018 BL 344841, D. Nev., No. 2:16-cv-02941, preliminary collective action certification 9/24/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jon Steingart in Washington at jsteingart@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com

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