LOS ANGELES – New Jersey casino regulators have fined Caesars Atlantic City $80,000 for using surveillance cameras to spy on women wearing revealing clothing, the state’s Casino Control Commission said on Thursday.
Cameras were used in 2000 and 2001 for “improper surveillance,” including taping of “selected parts of the anatomy of several females, both patrons and employees,” according to the complaint settlement, issued on Wednesday.
New Jersey casinos are required to install and operate video cameras to monitor gambling activities as well as back office operations such as counting rooms and other parts of casino premises.
The casino, owned by Caesars Entertainment, also fired two employees involved in the improper videotaping.
“Caesars Entertainment has absolutely no tolerance for the kind of behavior that was cited by the Gaming Commission in New Jersey. These incidents occurred three and four years ago. The employees involved were long ago dismissed and we have taken steps to ensure that this type of thing will not happen again, and so far we’ve been successful,” company spokesman Robert Stewart said.
Casino authorities will deal with complaints against the two employees at a future hearing, said New Jersey Casino Control Commission spokesman Daniel Heneghan.
The tapes came to light after female employees of the casino complained to the state’s civil rights division that they were fired for complaining about sexual harassment in the surveillance department.