NBCPhiladelphia.com - Deanna Durante
An Atlantic City casino is causing controversy after waitresses say they were fired for not fitting into their new costumes.
Sixteen cocktail waitresses at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City were fired after being told they’re not a fit for the casino’s new sexy uniforms.
All of the 16 women who lost their jobs were middle-age, long-time employees who were happy to retain their jobs after the casino’s sale only to lose them because of their appearances in a skimpy costume.
Union officials say that Resorts is using the 1920s flapper-style uniforms as a way to get rid of older cocktail waitresses in order to cultivate a younger clientele.
One of the fired waitresses, Nancy Schromsky, told NBC Philadelphia that the process of being judged in the uniform was humiliating. The women were directed to a room where the new uniforms were strewn about the floor and told to try one on and then be photographed.
Schromsky said the only sizes to be found were size 2 and 4.
“I can’t think of anything I’ve dealt with that was more disgusting and dehumanizing than what they’ve done to these women,” Robert McDevitt, president of Local 54 of UNITE-HERE told the Press of Atlantic City.
In a written statement Resorts defends its decision:
“All cocktail servers were given individual consideration and the selection process was conducted in a fair and objective manner. We empathize with the cocktail servers who lost their jobs and gave them hiring preference in other open positions at Resorts.”