Atlantic City cocktail waitresses fired because they looked bad in skimpy flapper costumes: lawsuit

Resorts Casino is trying to capture a Prohibition theme...

Donald Kravitz

Resorts Casino is trying to capture a Prohibition theme…

...and a group of cocktail waitresses claim they lost their job because they didn't look good in skimpy costumes.

…and a group of cocktail waitresses claim they lost their job because they didn’t look good in skimpy costumes.

Seven middle-aged Atlantic City cocktail waitresses claim they were fired because their boss didn’t care for their looks – or the date on their birth certificates.

A discrimination lawsuit, filed Thursday in state Superior Court, charges Resorts and new owner Dennis Gomes canned the employees because they failed to fit the boss’s “body ideal or appearance ideal.”

The women were dismissed after they were forced to squeeze into skimpy flapper costumes, complete with fishnet stockings and high heels, according to the suit.

The waitresses claim the only available outfits were sizes 2 and 4. They were then judged by a modeling agency hired by the casino and dismissed if they weren’t found “feminine enough,” lawyer Kevin Costello told The Press of Atlantic City.

Their replacements were uniformly younger, attractive women, the suit charged.

“As far as I’m concerned, a man or woman can do that job at any age as long as they have a good personality, a good memory and good balance,” Costello told the newspaper.

Although 15 women were fired, only seven joined in the legal action.

“I can’t think of anything I’ve dealt with that was more disgusting and dehumanizing than what they’ve done to these women,” local union president Robert McDevitt told The Press.

Resorts, in a prepared statement, defended its decision to fire the middle-aged ladies. The casino plans a Memorial Day weekend debut of its Roaring ’20s theme.

“All cocktail servers were given individual consideration, and the selection process was conducted in a fair and objective manner,” said Resorts spokeswoman Courtney Birmingham.

“We empathize with the cocktail servers who lost their jobs and gave them hiring preference in other open positions at Resorts. Some took advantage of this offer and some did not.”

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