Detroit woman awarded $600k in Greektown Casino lawsuit - New York News

Detroit woman awarded $600k in Greektown Casino discrimination lawsuit

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Diane Harris Diane Harris
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A Detroit woman will get $600,000 from Greektown Casino but not from winning a jackpot - she won a lawsuit.

Diane Harris worked as a beverage supervisor at the casino for ten years. She says she "became family" with her coworkers over time and expected to retire from Greektown. When a manager's position became available, she applied for the job.

For almost six months, she says she stepped in and took on the manager's duties and interviewed for the job. She figured the promotion was a done deal, until she found out the job went to someone else.

"They promoted this younger, female Caucasian employee above my client, and then they made my client train her," says Ray Guzall, Harris' attorney.

"The person could not do the job; that person got terminated," explains Harris.

"Then they hired another young, female white employee for the manager position and my client was told to train her as well," Guzall continues.

They say that second manager was also let go, and that neither woman had the level of experience Harris had, and that they were also much younger.

In January, Harris filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint. In February she was fired for filing the complaint, her attorney says.

"I got terminated and that's not fair either, that's illegal, and that's why I went to court," Harris says.

On Monday, a jury awarded Harris $600,000.

Harris urges any employee who is being mistreated to speak up.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Harris and her attorney in Fox 2's Andrea Isom's report

Greektown Casino declined to comment.

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