Former Great Canadian Gaming Corporation employees were unhappy with the way the gambling company was handling their contractual situations. The workers employed at the company’s Casino Nanaimo in British Columbia have filed individual class actions on behalf of all employees for improper dismissal by the gambler.
Casino Nanaimo closed on March 16, 2020 due to the outbreak of the unprecedented situation around the world. Workers have not been able to return to work for over a year as lockdown restrictions in the province have only just eased. In contrast to all other objects in the company, the employees are not unionized.
Catherine Fanning, Kimberly Bussiere and Samantha Heffel are the names of the three employees who have decided to take over the gaming group. The employees filed lawsuits against the company in April of this year and argued that the dismissal was reprehensible. According to the lawsuit, there were employees receive no vacation pay and some of its benefits have been cut off.
Several employees stated that the company never contacted them regarding their contractual situation, and never received approval to extend the temporary release period. Another interesting claim is that in July 2020, some workers who normally receive tips were given envelopes of cash from the trunk of the manager’s vehicle.
In September, employees said they had been forced into a buyout based on the Employment Standards Act, from one week of pay per year of service to eight weeks of pay. The employees claimed that the company required them to take the buyouts as compensationwhich would exclude them from unemployment insurance. It was further alleged that the company failed to comply with the layoffs under ESA on August 30, 2020 when the government made the layoff final.
The lawsuit says the gambling company tried to force penniless workers into a takeover that left them stuck within a month is a shame. The claims will seek more difficult and punitive damages due to unjustified or constructive termination. The gambling company has still not responded to the lawsuits.
This isn’t the first time the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has been embroiled in controversy. This January, now former CEO of gaming leader Rod Baker, and his wife Ekaterina Baker were caught trying to jump into the vaccination line in a small town in Beaver Creek, Yukon. Immediately after the news, Mr. Bakes submitted his resignation.
Another case in which the company was involved in questionable matters was when his Richmond River Rock Casino was involved in the huge casino money laundering scandal in British Columbia. During a hearing at the Cullen’s Commission investigation into money laundering, Ken Ackles, Investigations Manager for BC’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch stated that the casino saw an increase in suspiciously large transactions in CA $ 20 bills in 2015.
source: Wood, Graeme, “Casino Employees Sue Great Canadian Gaming for Wrongful Termination,” Vancouver is Awesome, June 10, 2021