The “Borgata babes” case: is an employer’s weight

Casino waitresses are effectively "sex objects" and can be fired for putting on too much weight, according to a ruling last week by an Atlantic County Superior Court judge in New Jersey. Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson's decision ended the legal battle between popular Atlantic City casino the Borgata and a group of 22 former cocktail servers known collectively as "Borgata Babes." The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa cunningly deploys an army of bustier-wearing, free-drinks-toting waitresses to throw players off their games, professional gambler Phil Ivey argues in new court papers. The Borgata, for its part, argued that the cocktail servers really functioned more as entertainers than just waitresses, and that because of that role, its requirement that the servers not gain more than 7% of their body weight to keep their jobs was not gender discrimination under New Jersey law. It asserted that the weight requirement fell into an exception from that state’s discrimination Lawyer for women says ruling has 'institutionalised sexual objectification' The standards imposed on the “Borgata Babes” do not automatically violate anti-discrimination employment laws because of the niche role that these employees fill for the hotel-casino. The physical appearance standards are permissible because “Borgata Babes” are not merely servers or waitresses, they are also expected to work as models and hosts to entertain Borgata’s guests and give The Borgata set out to create a “Las Vegas style” casino in Atlantic City, which the court interpreted to mean “the place to go for a naughty but classy good time.” To do that, it decided Borgata Casino: Nice Casino, Snotty Drink Waitresses - See 2,460 traveler reviews, 249 candid photos, and great deals for Atlantic City, NJ, at Tripadvisor. “The effect of the ruling is that the casino industry in New Jersey can discriminate and tell their cocktail waitresses that they have to have an hourglass shape and what they consider to be a Answer 11 of 21: Yeah... I went down to gamble at 10 am for nearly 3 hours I've tried ordering drinks no cocktail waitresses at all? Anyone know what the heck is going on? Absolutely ridiculous I couldn't get a drink losing the shirt off my back here ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A casino can regulate the weight of its cocktail waitresses, but a court should decide if managers erred in how they enforced those standards, an appeals panel ruled Thursday.

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