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NEWS: Overweight Waitstaff at Atlantic City Casino To Be Fired

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posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 07:52 PM
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An Atlantic City casino is threatening to fire waiters and waitresses if the gain more than seven percent of thier body weight. If the person get to heavy the first step is a suspension of up to 90 days and then termination. The Casino defends its policy by stating "Our costumed beverage servers are a huge part of our marketing and our branding image". Known as "Borgata Babes", new hires and existing staff are being weighted to establish a baseline.
 



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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - At the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, cocktail servers who have trouble squeezing into their low-cut bustiers will soon be squeezed out — out of a job, that is.

The casino is threatening to fire servers who gain more than 7 percent of their body weight, infuriating women's rights advocates, the cocktail servers' union and others who call it discriminatory. Under the policy, announced to employees last week, anyone who puts on too much gets an unpaid suspension of up to 90 days to get rid of it.

If they can't, they will be fired unless they are pregnant or have a medical condition contributing to their weight, casino officials said.


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Why would anybody want to work there after such a policy is enacted is my question. The company tries to make it okay by offering to pay for weight loss programs for those suspended. But if performance is not an issue, I'm sure a lawyer somewhere is salivating to get thier teeth into this one. One waitress that quit gained 13 pounds, but she is 6' tall and here total weight is 138 pounds. If the Casino is going for a Heroin Chic look, why not just hook them all up to some meth or something?




posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 07:56 PM
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Ok, so now certain companies can make sure you don't smoke on or off the job, tell you what to drink, and now how much you can weigh.

Land of the free, indeed



posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 08:34 PM
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Well, I'm not sure I'd want to work in a place that prominately paraded my cleavage.
But, if you want to work in a place that makes you wear a costume and expose your attributes, you gotta be able to look good in said costume.
This should not ever see a courtroom.



posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 10:14 PM
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I sure hope this crazy trend doesn't continue. I can see the headlines, waitress fired because she drank a glass of water only 1 hour before her weigh count. The weight of the water would have made her tip the scale just 1 gram or so over her 7% weight limit increase. I don't know if there are currently any laws to protect us from getting fired for our genes either. If people start getting routinely checked and a gene defect is found, employees could be fired just because they have bad genes. The line needs to be drawn somewhere. I wonder if a legal case could be argued against this employer as an age discrimination suit. After all it is commonly known that people's metabolism slows down as they age and get older so weight gain is a common thing as one gets older. This company is not really helping business either, alot of guys do not want a skinny as a rail or anorexic waitress waiting on them.



posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 10:47 PM
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Its the end of the world people, wake up.



posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 11:17 PM
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Originally posted by CmptrN3rd5
Its the end of the world people, wake up.


This is absolutely nothing new... Pull yourself together.

This kind of "discrimination" has gone on for years/centuries/millenia, I would wager. You should see the screening process that Playboy Bunnies used to have to go through before they worked at the, now defunct, Playboy Clubs. And they had to keep an image as well.

That's really nothing new at all. Most people who get into "showing their attributes" have them to show. Others, alas, do not. They simply want their employees to live up to an image of glitz and glamor. That's not too much to ask, actually. You wouldn't hire a 95 pound jockey and keep him if his weight went up to 300 pounds. That would be detrimental to his purpose. By the same token, you don't hire beautiful people then keep them if they turn out looking like me... er... That would also be counterproductive.




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