Crown Resorts is one of the most well-known casino operators in Australia, for all the wrong reasons. The casino operator has recently been taken to court over employee health and safety concerns. A former Crown Resorts employee, Audrey Gatt, claims that there are poor occupational health and safety (OHS) measures in place.
Ms. Gatt had filed more than 20 OHS complaints at Crown Resorts during her employment. The court case was filed after Ms. Gatt was let go by Crown Resorts for ‘unsatisfactory performance.’ She claimed her contract was ‘terminated unlawfully’ and demands a maximum penalty for the casino operator.
Health and Safety – Allegations
As a first aid manager at Crown Resorts, Ms. Gatt had seen many cases of poor health and safety. In one instance, a chef was severely burned but was not allowed to seek first aid until the day’s end. Additionally, a domestic violence case had gone unreported, and a woman was not attended to correctly. The case was said to involve a Southeast Asian politician who threatened to stop visiting the casino. In her court filing, Ms. Gatt claimed that concerns from other employees had been ignored as well.
Health and Safety Case
This will not be Crown Resorts’ first time fighting a legal battle in 2017. In October of 2016, 18 Crown Resorts employees were arrested for ‘gambling crimes’ in Macau. Three employees were released on bail, but other staff had to wait to be sentenced until June 2017. Ten employees have since been released after receiving nine-month sentences.
The arrests would prove to be the downfall of Crown Resorts, as VIP players withdrew from their casinos. Shares and profits fell, leading the casino operator to sell off their stakes in City of Dreams Macau. Another court case against the firm could drive shares down further just ahead of their planned Sydney resort.