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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Detroit MGM Grand Casino sued by employees seeking overtime pay

The MGM Grand Casino in Detroit
Mike Russell
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Current and former employees of the Detroit MGM Grand Casino are suing the casino for unfair labor practices.

What could be up to 200 employees claim the casino refused to pay floor supervisors for overtime.

The Fair Labor Standards Act says certain employees who work more than 40 hours a week are entitled to overtime pay.

But the complaint claims the casino hasn't done that.

Megan Bonanni is a lawyer for the employees. She says what the floor supervisors are asking for is only fair.

"Their colleagues in Nevada who are performing an identical function have been compensated for their overtime in accordance and in conformity with the FLSA," Bonanni said. "So they want the same thing."

The lawsuit also claims MGM Grand misclassified the employees as exempt from overtime pay.

Bonanni said the floor supervisor's position does not fall under the exemptions applied to managerial jobs.

"It's especially important when an employer is on notice that violations are occurring that they cure the problem, and the fact that this company has been put on notice and failed to in a whole and complete fashion is outrageous to me," Bonanni said.

The collective action lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of wages, interest, damages and fees for the employees.

– Alyse Guenther, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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