Jewish Casino Worker Wins $578k From TunicaAugust 23, 2011 9:40 am
A Jewish casino worker has just received $578,000 in compensation from Sam’s Town Casino & Gambling Hall in Tunica, after a jury decided he had lost his job because of his ethnicity.
Marc Silverberg worked at the Tunica casino between 2006 and 2008, but apparently things went downhill quickly for the employee after a new general manager was appointed in August that year.
As the Food and Beverage Director, Silverberg had been in charge of supervising around 270 members of staff until it was deemed necessary to place him on a ‘performance improvement plan’ before eventually firing him on Aug. 22nd, 2008.
In the court papers, Sam’s Town Casino attorney Courtney Tomlinson said:
“Mr. Silverberg gave the impression that he was more concerned with shifting blame and making excuses rather than solving his own deficiencies.”
However, Marc Silverberg dismissed suggestions of his ‘so-called’ poor performance record, instead insisting he was fired because he was Jewish. He subsequently took Sam’s Town Casino to the U.S. District Court in Greenville, where a jury agreed that he had, in fact, been the victim of ethnic bias by the general manager.
Silverberg’s case was also backed up by the testimonies of two employees who said they heard the general manager refer to Silverberg as a “Jewish Slug.”
Marc Silverberg has now been awarded $578,000 in compensation, including $400,000 in punitive damages, $75,000 for mental anxiety, and $102,000 in back bay.
Commenting after the case, Marc Silverberg said:
“These folks ruined my career…I didn’t do anything wrong. They put together a concerted effort to get rid of me because of my Jewish heritage. The jury vindicated me.”
Silverberg is now currently working as a culinary teacher in Memphis, after having had no success applying for job interviews at 14 other casinos across the country.