Two former cocktail waitresses have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Parx Casino of Bensalem, Pa., demoted them because they were pregnant.
Alycia Campiglia, 27, of New Jersey, and Christina Aicher, 31, of Pennsylvania, were both Parkettes, the name by which the Parx’s cocktail waitresses were known.
The women got pregnant in 2008. In their lawsuit, filed July 5, they claim that managers told them they could continue to work as Parkettes only until their work costumes fit, the Philadephia Daily News reported.
Monzo “angrily condemned” Campiglia and told her the casino didn’t have to offer the plaintiff “anything in this economy,” according to the lawsuit.
Campiglia and Aicher – who no longer work at the casino – allege that they were offered positions in the concession stand or players services. They said they wouldn’t be able to earn tips.
Aicher and Campiglia are seeking lost wages and benefits, unspecified punitive damages, unspecified compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish, plus attorneys’ fees and other allowable payments, the lawsuit states.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined in 2009 that the establishment had discriminated against pregnant cocktail servers, according to the Daily News.
Parx now provides maternity costumes for cocktail waitresses.
Parkettes and their male counterparts – known as Park Men – are both subject to a strict weight requirement. If their body weight varies beyond 7 percent of how much they weighed when they were first hired, they can be fired.
Parx did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.