Trump Las Vegas settles worker lawsuit

In a follow-up to HOTEL MANAGEMENT’s story earlier this week regarding union strikes taking place at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, the Republican presidential candidate’s hotel reached a settlement with two workers who claimed they faced discrimination for unionizing.

The hotel settled for $11,200 in a complaint made by two of its employees that claimed one was fired for supporting the union while another was denied a full-time job transfer while granting transfers to employees not in support of the union. The case had been set to go to trial after the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint March 2, 2016, following the earlier allegations. 

Instead of going to trial, the hotel opted to pay the two workers a combined settlement for lost wages.

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Culinary and housekeeping employees at the Las Vegas hotel, which is co-owned by Donald Trump and businessman Phil Ruffin, have been on strike since earlier this year when hotel operators refused to acknowledge the worker’s vote to unionize. The vote took place December 2015, but the hotel has since resisted acquiescing to the the demands of its workers.

Donald Trump claimed in a March interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he prefers to avoid settling lawsuits because it invites more lawsuits in the future. However, the relatively low settlement figures and attention on the situation at the Las Vegas hotel may have forced his hand.

“You know what happens? When you settle cases, everybody sues you,” Trump said in March. “At least with me, I don’t settle cases very often.”